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More on the Takata airbag issue, yet again. Mazda has recalled another 1.6 million vehicles equipped with the parts supplier’s problematic airbag inflators, bringing its worldwide total to around 2.02 million vehicles.

The recall, issued late last week, involves around 76,000 vehicles in Japan and 540,000 vehicles in the US; it was not disclosed which markets the rest of the affected vehicles were sold.

In the US, affected models are 2003-2008 model year Mazda 6, 2004-2008 MY RX-8 and 2006-2007 MY Mazdaspeed 6. The recall will see the driver’s side airbag inflator being replaced in 503,000 vehicles. The 2004-2006 MY B-Series pick-up truck has also been recalled – the passenger airbag inflator is set to be replaced in around 35,000 vehicles.

The automaker said that some of the vehicles in this latest exercise were part of a previous recall last year. Last month, Mazda recalled nearly 112,000 vehicles vehicles in Japan – affected models included the Atenza sedan, Bongo van and two models the company builds for Nissan and Mitsubishi for the domestic market.

In May, Takata Corporation acknowledged that a defect exists in its airbags and agreed to expand its recall on defective airbag inflators to a record 34 million vehicles in the US. The fiasco hasn’t just affected Japanese carmakers like Toyota, Nissan and Honda, but the likes of BMW, Ford and Chrysler as well.