I purchased my Mazda 3, 22 days ago. I got it at 7 kms. The first thing I noticed when I drove it off the lot was that the airbag sensor light was on. I took it back 2 days later, but they couldn't "fix" it. I took it back a week later, with no luck. The dealer had it all day yesterday to no avail. I started doing searches on the internet yesterday and found these postings. I talked to Mazda Canada today and they acknowledged that there was a problem and told me that if I wasn't comfortable driving a car with a problem with the airbag system, I could take it to my dealer and they would give me a loaner car until the problem is fixed. They guy at Mazda Canada said that the airbag system is deactivated as long as that light is on. I phone my dealership and they had no idea about this "problem."
Unreal. All together, the dealership has wasted 12 hours of my time, not to mentioned the gas that I had to pay for to drive it back and forth to their facilities while they tried to "fix" this problem. Obviously they haven't been in contact with Mazda Canada, didn't receive any service bulletins OR were lying to me (I asked them yesterday, "Is this a common problem among Mazda 3s" and they told me, "No"). Whichever it is, they have dropped the ball. If you own a Mazda 3 and are having these "airbag light" problems, take it to your dealership.
I feel, that for the distaste that has been my first experience with Mazda, for the time I have invested waiting for them to figure out what the "problem" was, for the time I have had to invest to investigate this problem on my own and bring it to my dealership's attention, the time I am going to have to drive the "lender" vehicle because they are waiting to fix my car and the money I have spent on gas, driving my Mazda 3 back and forth to the dealership - we should receive SOMETHING. This is ridiculous.
And to top it all off, 2 days ago, while I was parked on a side street visiting a friend, somebody skidded out and sideswiped my NEW CAR. I have a nice dent and a few VERY good scratches to proove it. They left no name, no number. I have to file a "hit and run" claim through my insurance. SHITTY deal.