Auto manufacturer Mazda faces a trio of costly recalls this month. They are recalling nearly 2,500 Miatas, 9,500 Mazda3s, and 260,000 Mazda6s. Read on to learn more and find out if your car is affected.
The first Mazda recall only impacts the 2016 MX-5 Miata. A total of 2,476 sporty convertibles have been recalled because of a faulty skid plate. Due to a manufacturing error that resulted from a poorly maintained welding machine, the bracket that holds the plate may eventually break down.
If that happens, the skid plate will literally fall off, causing a potential hazard for other drivers—not something you typically hope for when buying a new car.
Only cars manufactured between May 26 and July 6 of 2015 are part of this recall. Mazda has pledged to replace the faulty bracket and has already fixed the manufacturing error that led to the problem in the first place.
The brand-new Mazda3 has hit a major snag with headrests that fail to lock. The defect was caused by the seat covers for both the driver and passenger seats. The fabric prevents the headrest release button from working correctly.
Although we don’t often think about proper headrest height, they are an important safety feature. Not only do Mazda3 drivers risk injury from the lack of support, but they also face a secondary hazard if the headrests detach completely in a crash.
Mazda3 cars built between January 15 and May 22 of 2019 are part of this recall. The manufacturer plans to start installing a fix for the issue beginning in early September.
A major recall of more than 260,000 Mazda vehicles was also announced this month. A computer glitch can cause the affected cars and SUVs to stall while driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the recall for the 2018-2019 CX-5 SUV, 2018-2019 Mazda6 sedan, and the 2019 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback.
The issue is related to the computer-controlled engine, which toggles between 2 and 4 cylinders in order to save fuel. When it switches from 2 to 4 cylinders, a rocker arm moves incorrectly. If that happens, it can cause the engine to stutter or even stall completely while you are driving.
You can always type in your VIN number into the NHTSA’s recall database to see if your car is on the list.