really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,964 miles

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2007 Mazda RX-8 seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Mazda RX-8 Owner Comments

problem #12

Aug 082013


  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Mazda Rx-8. the contact stated that the dashboard over the passenger side air bag was fractured. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was confirmed that it was a standing issue; however, it could not be repaired per a recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V354000 (air bags). The failure mileage was approximately 83,000.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #11

Aug 022016


  • 72,000 miles
Passenger side dash where the airbag would come through upon inflation has cracked over time. I feel that this may be a safety issue if the airbag were to inflate in an accident, that the compromised seals will cause fragments to dislodge and hit ocupants. I've contacted the local dealership as well as mazdausa and was told it's not a problem and the part couldn't be replaced under warranty. Please advise.

- Maumelle, AR, USA

problem #10

Sep 102015

RX-8 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2007 Mazda Rx-8. the contact stated that the dashboard was deteriorated and exposed the air bags. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired; however, it was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V382000 (air bags). The contact mentioned that recall notifications were also received for NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V345000 (air bags) and 16V354000 (air bags), but the parts were not available for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available....updated 08/29/16 updated 08/31/16.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #9

Jun 152015


  • 70,000 miles


Passenger side airbag area, cracks in dashboard, in a square like shape. Afraid it may deploy, without having a wreck. Has become a distinctive square, circle shape. This has happened over the summer of 2015. I got a recall letter for driver airbag, which will be taking care of that with Mazda in next few weeks, but more concerned about passenger airbag, because my 13 yr old daughter is always in passenger seat.

- Eastaboga, AL, USA

problem #8

Oct 302015


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Mazda Rx-8. the contact stated that the passenger side air bag seams were fractured and the air bag was exposed in the dashboard. As a result, the contact was concerned that the air bag would inadvertently deploy. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Paterson, NJ, USA

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problem #7

Feb 092015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Mazda Rx-8. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V344000 (air bags)however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #6

Feb 102015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Mazda Rx-8. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V345000 (air bags) and 15V382000 (air bags). The part was not available within a reasonable timeframe to schedule the recall repair. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the contacts vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact was not experiencing a failure. MA 10/2

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 042012


  • miles
The passenger side dashboard area is all cracked up ad split open. There is no reason for it to be cracked or split. The cracking following the shape of the airbag that is underneath the dashboard. It has very jagged edges and exposes the airbag to excess light and moisture by being split open in so many places. The dashboard structure is now weakened due to all of the cracks. An explosion from the airlock would be more powerful than necessary because it no longer needs to break through the plastic. This appears to be a safety concern. Dealers only state it as a cosmetic concern and do nothing to correct it.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012013


  • miles
On my 2007 RX8 right dashboard passenger airbag has cracked and had made the shape of the airbag. Looks like the airbag can deploy at any given moment and can cause serious injury to driver and passenger. The dealership or manufacture will not take responsibility in fixing or correcting the problem. There are hundreds of complaints about this problem and I don't understand why a recall has not been issued. My car has been in the garage since I purchased it so sun is not the cause of this problem. I would like to know what I can do about this problem and how can I get the manufacture to repair and take responsibility before someone is seriously injured or killed.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 102014


  • 97,562 miles
I have a 2007 Mazda Rx-8 and I was recently involved in a side impact collision, but my airbags did not deploy, but later on in the body shop, they did deploy after the fact while it was being driven. There is an obvious safety issue related to this and why the airbag did not deploy properly.

- San Francisco , CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012008


  • miles
I bought my 2007 Mazda rx from the dealership in 2007. I have called and complained to Mazda usa about the front right passengers dash cracking into the shape of the air bag. Also, both visors have melted off the cables. Again, I have called but they are telling me that it is my problem to fix. After reading several complaints of the same problem, I really don't believe it's something that I've done wrong.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 012013


  • 30,000 miles
I purchased a 2007 Mazda Rx-8 new from a Mazda dealer. I started noticing that the dashboard on the passenger side starting cracking around the area where the air bag is located. I have reached out to ocean Mazda and to Mazda usa. No one took the time to call me back. I am very upset and concerned that the air bag may deploy without warning since the dash is cracked or worst case scenario that the air bag will not deploy correctly when in a collision. This very is in great condition with very low miles and should not have a dashboard that only cracks around the perforation lines of the passenger side airbag.

- Miami, FL, USA

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