Safety Recall Update – January 18, 2016

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NHTSA LogoYou can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website to see if your vehicle is under an active recall. All you need is the (17-digit) vehicle identification number (VIN). It can be read by standing in front of the driver side windshield and looking through the lower corner. There is a small metal plate upon which the number is stamped.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V869000 

2004 Mazda RX-8Mazda Recall Campaign Number: 9015L (see note below)

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured from May 29, 2002 through May 5, 2008, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles manufactured from July 1, 2005 through June 29, 2007, and a limited production of model year 2004 Mazda RX-8 vehicles manufactured from June 25, 2003 through June 30, 2003. Approximately 374,519 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.


In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger air bag, the inflator in the front passenger air bags is susceptible to rupture.


The inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants; potentially resulting in serious injury or death.


Mazda will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers that will replace the passenger’s frontal air bag with a new one, free of charge. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.

Note: This recall supersedes recalls 13V-130 and 14V-362 in their entirety. This recall partially supersedes recall 14V-773 in that model year 2003-2006 Mazda6 vehicles covered by that recall are now covered by this campaign.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V871000
2012 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Recall Campaign Number: 137

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2012 Hyundai Elantra vehicles manufactured from October 29, 2010 through October 25, 2011. Approximately 155,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.


Due to an electronic stability control (ESC) sensor malfunction, the brakes for one or more wheels may be applied unexpectedly and the engine power may be reduced. These symptoms will be accompanied by illumination of the ESC indicator lamp in the instrument cluster.


If the one or more of the brakes are inappropriately applied, control of the vehicle may be lost, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.


Hyundai will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers who will verify the proper operation of the ESC sensors, and update the ESC system’s calibration, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 19, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.