All models with air bag systems.
Addition of after-market accessories on Mazda vehicles equipped with Supplement Restraint Systems SRS units may affect air bag deployment.
SRS operates by electronic signals produced by impact sensors. Adding front protection bars that mount directly to the frame may transfer even slight impact energy through the frame to the sensor, rather than allowing the bumper to absorb the impact. This energy transfer may result in air bag deployment when the impact is less than specified for normal deployment.
Installing non-approved electronic equipment around the SRS unit can affect operation. The electronic energy of accessories mounted near SRS sensors could inadvertently induce an impact sensor signal.
Mazda approved accessories are carefully designed and tested under many different conditions to ensure they do not affect proper air bag system operation. After-market accessories may not be compatible with Mazda SRS.
Service Managers and Service Advisors should inform customers that Mazda does not recommend installing after-market accessories to the front of the vehicle or anywhere near SRS components.