The recall affects Mazda6 vehicles manufactured in China from Sept. 2008 to Jan. 2016, according to China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

At issue are dangerous defects in the airbag inflator on the passenger side, which have been linked to at least 16 deaths and nearly 200 injuries worldwide.

The action in China follows an earlier recall there of 280,000 Mazda6 models manufactured from 2003 to 2008 over a similar issue.

Takata filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. and Japan last month, brought down by tens of billions in liabilities associated with a seemingless endless number of recalls and mounting litigation over faulty airbags supplied to some of the world’s largest automotive companies.

The firm will be largely acquired for $1.6 billion by Chinese-owned, U.S.-based Key Safety Systems as part of its financial restructuring.

AQSIQ said in a statement on Friday that it has asked General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen to fulfil their obligations to recall vehicles in China affected by the Takata airbag problem.

Source: Reuters

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