China's quality watchdog announced over the weekend China FAW Car Co Ltd, a China venture of Mazda, was recalling 42,732 Mazda 6 sedans from July 20 due to an airbag problem. It said that the airbag in front passenger seat may fail to work and even lead to a fire in extreme cases.

China-based spokesman for Mazda Naoto Oikawa said the airbag in question were supplied by Takata.

It was not immediately clear if the latest move was part of Mazda's global recall involving nearly 1,60,000 cars announced on June 23.

Top Japanese car makers, including Toyota Motor Corp , have recalled over 10 million vehicles over the past five years in a series of recalls involving both passenger-side and driver-side air bags made by Takata.