2004 MPV & 2004 RX-8
Front Passenger-Side Airbag
||All Mazda Dealers
||All General Managers, Service Managers, and Parts
||2004 MPV & 2004 RX-8 Front Passenger-Side Airbag Recall 1604B-a & 1604B-b and STOP DELIVERY
This is to notify you of a recall and STOP DELIVERY on the 2004 MPV and 2004
RX-8. This recall and stop delivery notification is for dealer inventory
vehicles and provides dealers with detailed parts information and warranty claim
processing information. Repair procedures can be found on ESI and M-Store.
Mazda Motor Corporation has decided that 2004 MPV vehicles produced from
August 20, 2003 through February 4, 2004 fail to conform to requirements of
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection. Also,
Mazda Motor Corporation has decided that a defect, which relates to motor
vehicle safety, exists in certain 2004 RX-8 vehicles produced from April 10,
2003 through January 28, 2004.
Certain 2004 MPV and 2004 RX-8 vehicles were produced with improperly wired
front passenger-side airbags. The result of this problem is that the airbag will
not provide adequate protection in the event of a crash. Mazda has decided to
conduct a recall campaign to correct the wiring by installing a new wiring
harness in the front passenger-side airbag system on all affected vehicles.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by first class mail beginning
February 27, 2004.
Attachment I (enclosed) provides dealer service and parts information.
Attachment II (available on the ESI website under SSP/Recalls and on M-Store
under Bulletins, Forms & E-Documents) contains inspection and repair
procedures for recall campaign 1604B-a and 1604B-b.
The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act prohibits selling or
leasing any subject vehicles without performing the necessary repair for defects
or failures. Failure to perform applicable recalls before sale can result in
extensive dealer fines and penalties from the Federal Government. Therefore, you
must complete this recall for all affected new vehicles in your inventory prior
to sale or lease.
To help you effectively perform this recall, Mazda has developed the
- Service and Parts recall instructions follow (Attachment I), were e-mailed
to your Service Department, are available on the ESI website and M-Store,
and are also available on the eMDCS Warranty Vehicle Inquiry Detail screen.
- Inspection and repair procedures are available on ESI and M-Store.
- For technical assistance, call the Technical Assistance Hotline at (888)
- For warranty questions, contact the Corporate Dealer Assistance Group at
Please make certain that the appropriate personnel in your dealership are
familiar with the details of this recall campaign and are aware of these
We apologize for any inconvenience that this program may cause. Your
understanding and support in carrying out this campaign is greatly appreciated.
Michael J. Giblin
Director, Technical Services
Mazda North American Operations