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Old 09-27-2016, 09:45 AM
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Just joined the club, and read this thread for information on finding the replacement part for the right(passenger) side dash for my 2009 RX8. I just had the defective Takata air bag replaced, and my service rep mentioned that he personally attributes the cracks to the underlying, deteriorating Takata airbag module. This has not been generally acknowledged by Mazda, and certainly not by Takata, but there it is. The dash components on the driver side and centrally have shown no cracking in spite of the heat and humidity that my ungaraged, South Florida car is subjected to. I hope to avoid replacing the whole dash for the $1200 I have been quoted. Cracks are apparently showing up in lots of Toyotas, Nissans, what have you. Some manufacturer could make a bundle. Suggestions appreciated, otherwise wish me luck!
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by vbkopelman View Post
Just joined the club, and read this thread for information on finding the replacement part for the right(passenger) side dash for my 2009 RX8. I just had the defective Takata air bag replaced, and my service rep mentioned that he personally attributes the cracks to the underlying, deteriorating Takata airbag module. This has not been generally acknowledged by Mazda, and certainly not by Takata, but there it is. The dash components on the driver side and centrally have shown no cracking in spite of the heat and humidity that my ungaraged, South Florida car is subjected to. I hope to avoid replacing the whole dash for the $1200 I have been quoted. Cracks are apparently showing up in lots of Toyotas, Nissans, what have you. Some manufacturer could make a bundle. Suggestions appreciated, otherwise wish me luck!

Sorry but that is just rubbish from the "Dealer", the cracking of the Dash has Nothing to do with the TAKATA Inflator, they are factually two separate items some distance apart.
Have a look at some images here and you will get an understanding of how the module mounts behind the dashboard.
Yes, other makes have Dashboard cracks, the seam is weak and does not stand up to constant changes in temperatures/sun/cold/humidity, etc.

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