China’s FAW Car, a partner of Japan’s Mazda Motor will recall more than 680,000 Mazda automobiles due to problems with air bags that were provided by embattled Japanese automobile parts provider Takata Corp.
The recall consists of Mazda 6 vehicles made in China from September 2008 and January 2016, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine stated on its website.
The watchdog informed the issue was connected to hazardous defects in the airbag inflator on the passenger side, and follows a previous recall of 280,000 Mazda 6 models manufactured from 2003 and 2008 for a similar problem.
Takata filed for bankruptcy last month, burdened with tens of billions in liabilities associated with a decade of recalls and lawsuits over malfunctioning airbags supplied to a few of the world’s biggest vehicle brands.
The air bags have been associated to 16 deaths and 180 injuries.
The firm will be mainly acquired for $1.6 billion by Chinese-owned, U.S.-based firm Key Safety Systems as part of its monetary restructuring.
On Friday the Chinese watchdog stated that it has asked foreign companies General Motors, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen to meet their responsibilities to recall automobiles in China affected by defective Takata air bags.