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Mazda Recall Information


NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2011 Mazda2 and 2010-2011 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles; SEATS
Report Receipt Date: FEB 09, 2017 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V082000 
Component(s): SEATS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 173,859 

FEBRUARY 2017 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2011 MazdaMazda2 and 2010-2011 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the seat height adjustment lifter links may break or detach from the seat frame and the seat angle may incline causing the driver to not be able to maintain an appropriate driving position. If the driver cannot maintain an appropriate driving position, there is an increased risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat lifter links and install a reinforcement bracket to the lifter links, or replace the entire seat adjuster unit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 31, 2017. Mazda's number for this recall is 0917B. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2012 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda6 vehicles; AIR BAGS
Report Receipt Date: JAN 11, 2017 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V012000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 85,098 

JANUARY 2017 -- Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2012 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda6 vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Mazda is recalling certain 2009 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda6 vehicles sold, or ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Mazda is recalling certain 2007-2008 CX-7 and CX-9 sold, or ever registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 7, 2017. Mazda's number for this recall is 0717A. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles; FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Report Receipt Date: OCT 31, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V793000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 69,447 

NOVEMBER 2016 -- Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles manufactured April 10, 2003, to February 18, 2008. The affected vehicles have fuel pump sealing rings that may deteriorate due to exposure to heat from the engine or exhaust pipe. The deteriorated seals may leak fuel, which, in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump sealing ring set and add a thermal insulation pad to the fuel tank, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Mazda will notify owners about the issue and will second a second notice when remedy parts are available. The manufacturer did not provide a schedule for these notifications. Mazda's number for this recall is 0516J. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2010-2011 Tribute vehicles; FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Report Receipt Date: OCT 28, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V788000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 912 

NOVEMBER 2016 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Tribute vehicles manufactured March 3, 2009, to May 26, 2011. On vehicles with a 3.0L engine, the Fuel Delivery Module (FDM) may crack, causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the FDM flange with one that has a redesigned fuel supply port, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 15, 2016. Mazda's number for this recall is 0416J. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2017 Mazda6 vehicles; EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Report Receipt Date: OCT 18, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V753000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 180 

NOVEMBER 2016 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2017 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured August 12, 2016, to September 28, 2016 and equipped with optional accessory fog lights. Due to an incorrect combination switch being installed, the turn signals may not automatically cancel by the rotation of the steering wheel. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." A vehicle continuously driven with the turn signal flashing may result in confusion to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the combination switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2016. Mazda's number for this recall is 0316J. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2016 Mazda3 vehicles; FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Report Receipt Date: SEP 23, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V685000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,849 

OCTOBER 2016 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured September 24, 2015, to October 16, 2015. During manufacturing, the fuel tanks for the affected vehicles may have deformed, resulting in a fuel leak from the recirculation pipe welded connection. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Mazda will notify owners, and depending on the tank lot number, dealers will inspect the recirculation pipe weld, replacing the fuel tank, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 1, 2016. Mazda's number for this recall is 0216I. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles; FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Report Receipt Date: SEP 22, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V684000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17,484 

OCTOBER 2016 -- Mazda Motors North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured January 4, 2014, to September 18, 2015. The fuel tank of the affected vehicles may have been improperly handled during manufacturing and, as a result, the welded attachment of the Inlet Check Valve (ICV) may fail and allow fuel to leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Mazda will notify owners, and depending on the tank lot number, dealers will inspect the ICV weld, replacing the fuel tank, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 1, 2016. Mazda's number for this recall is 0116I. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2010-2013 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3, 2012-2015 Mazda5, 2016 CX-3 and 2013-2016 CX-5 vehicles; STRUCTURE 
Report Receipt Date: SEP 06, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V644000 
Component(s): STRUCTURE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 580,455 

SEPTEMBER 2016 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles manufactured November 18, 2008, to June 8, 2013, 2012-2015 Mazda5 vehicles manufactured October 26, 2010, to June 22, 2015, 2016 CX-3 vehicles manufactured June 1, 2015, to December 26, 2015, and 2013-2016 CX-5 vehicles manufactured December 15, 2011, to December 26, 2015. On the affected vehicles, the lift gate support struts may corrode, possibly causing the struts to break and/or the lift gate to drop unexpectedly. If the lift gate falls unexpectedly, it may hit the user, increasing their risk of injury. Mazda dealers will replace the both lift gate supports, free of charge, however parts are not currently available. Mazda will send interim notifications to owners beginning November 1, 2016 and will mail a second notice when remedy parts are available. Mazda's number for this recall is 9916H. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2009-2010 Mazda6 vehicles; AIR BAGS
Report Receipt Date: AUG 11, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V594000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 41,918 

SEPTEMBER 2016 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured February 4, 2008, to December 3, 2009. The protective coating may not have been properly applied to the air bag control unit (ACU) and, as a result, moisture may damage the unit causing it to malfunction. Failure of the ACU would illuminate the air bag warning light and prevent the air bags from deploying in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Mazda dealers will replace the ACU, free of charge, however parts are not currently available. Mazda will send interim notifications to owners beginning October 3, 2016 and will mail a second notice when remedy parts are available. Mazda's number for this recall is 9816H. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2007-2009 Mazda B-Series trucks; AIR BAGS 
Report Receipt Date: JUL 01, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V499000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,743 

JULY 2016 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 B-Series trucks manufactured June 6, 2006, to January 22, 2009, originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 B-Series trucks manufactured February 21, 2006, to April 28, 2008, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Any vehicle not included in "Zone A", or "Zone B" is not included in this safety recall. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 16, 2016. Mazda's number for this recall is 9616F. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2016 CX-3, 2013-2014 Mazda2, 2014-2016 CX-5 and 2013-2015 CX-9 vehicles; STEERING
Report Receipt Date: APR 11, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V203000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 578 

APRIL 2016 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2016 CX-3 vehicles manufactured June 1, 2015, to December 2, 2015, 2013-2014 Mazda2 vehicles manufactured July 3, 2013, to August 8, 2014, 2014-2016 CX-5 vehicles manufactured January 19, 2013, to December 2, 2015, and 2013-2015 CX-9 vehicles manufactured December 6, 2012, to July 31, 2015. The lower mounting nuts and bolts that attach the front strut assembly to the steering knuckle may loosen, allowing the steering knuckle to separate. If the steering knuckle separates from the strut assembly, it can cause a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the lower mounting nuts and bolts that secure the front strut assembly to the steering knuckle. If the bolts are loose, they will be replaced and then correctly tightened, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 20, 2016. Mazda's number for this recall is 9316D. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.goav

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2014-2016 Mazda CX-5 vehicles; FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Report Receipt Date: FEB 03, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V064000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 268,799

FEBRUARY 2016 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Mazda CX-5 vehicles manufactured June 27, 2013, to February 2, 2016. The affected vehicles have a fuel filler pipe that may rupture in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 301, "Fuel System Integrity." A rupture of the fuel filler pipe may result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will alter the attachment between the fuel filler pipe and the left rear side of the bracket of the fuel filler pipe, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 1, 2016. Mazda's number for this recall is 9216B. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2003-2008 Mazda6, Mazdaspeed6 and 2004 RX-8 vehicles; AIR BAGS 
Report Receipt Date: DEC 23, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V869000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 374,519 

JANUARY 2016 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured May 29, 2002, to May 5, 2008, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles manufactured July 1, 2005, to June 29, 2007, and a limited production of model year 2004 RX-8 vehicles manufactured June 25, 2003, to June 30, 2003. The inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger's frontal air bag with a new one, free of charge. Mazda's number for this recall is 9015L. Note: This recall supersedes recalls 13V-130 and 14V-362 in their entirety. This recall partially supersedes recall 14V-773 in that model year 2003-2006 Mazda6 vehicles covered by that recall are now covered by this campaign. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2015-2016 Mazda3 vehicles; FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Report Receipt Date: OCT 02, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V621000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,406 

OCT 2015 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured May 21, 2015, to August 25, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with a fuel tank with a shut-off valve that can allow fuel to enter into the fuel tank emissions systems. If enough fuel enters the emission system it may leak out onto the ground or result in an engine stall. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. An engine that stalls increases the risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle's fuel shut-off valve. As needed, the fuel shut-off valve and the affected fuel tank emissions system components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2015. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until the repairs have been completed. Mazda will provide rental cars until that time. Mazda's number for this recall is 8615J. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2007-2014 CX-9 vehicles; SUSPENSION 
Report Receipt Date: JUL 20, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V451000 
Component(s): SUSPENSION 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 193,484 

AUGUST 2015 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2007-2014 CX-9 vehicles manufactured October 24, 2006, to December 28, 2013. The affected vehicles have front suspension ball joints that may corrode from water leaking into the fitting. Over time, the ball joint corrosion may result in the front lower control arm separating from the ball joint, causing a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both the left and right lower control arms, free of charge. In early September 2015, owners will be mailed an interim notification informing them of recall. When remedy parts are available, owners will be mailed a second notification. The recall will begin with model year 2007-2009 vehicles registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The second phase will be for model year 2010-2014 vehicles in the same states. Finally, all remaining vehicles will be remedied. Mazda's number for this recall is 8515G. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2014-2015 Mazda6 vehicles; TIRES
Report Receipt Date: OCT 27, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V675000 
Component(s): TIRES 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 99,711 

NOV 2014 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured October 25, 2012, to October 10, 2014. If the pressures of four of the tires on an affected vehicle gradually drop at the same time, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may not warn the driver of the drop in pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138, "Tire Pressure Monitoring System." A vehicle that is driven with under inflated tires may experience a sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will update the TPMS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 5, 2014. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2008-2011 Tribute vehicles; STEERING
Report Receipt Date: MAY 29, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V282000 
Component(s): STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33,000 

JUNE 2014 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Tribute vehicles manufactured October 5, 2006, through September 11, 2010. The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input. As a result, the system could remove the Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners and dealers will update the software for the power steering control module (PSCM) and the instrument cluster module, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the PSCM when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, the affected components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Mazda's number for this recall is 7614E. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling model year 2014 Mazda6 vehicles; FUEL TANK
Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V170000 
Component(s):  FUEL TANK
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19,000 

MAY 2014 -- Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2014 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured October 25, 2012, through May 9, 2013. In the affected vehicles, it is possible to fill the fuel tank beyond its rated capacity. If the tank is overfilled, gas may flow into the charcoal canister (an evaporative emissions component) and possibly leak from the canister's external vent, increasing the risk of a fire. Mazda will notify owners and dealers will inspect and add an adapter to the shut off valve in the fuel tank and also inspect the charcoal canister for the presence of gasoline, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late April 2014. Mazda's number for this recall is 7414D. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2014 Mazda3 and 2014-2015 Mazda6 vehicles; ALTERNATOR: LOSS OF POWER 
Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V173000 
Component(s):  ALTERNATOR: LOSS OF POWER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,700 

APRIL 2014 -- Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2014 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through December 18, 2013, and model year 2014-2015 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured May 20, 2013, through December 4, 2013, and both equipped with a 2.5L engine and a regenerative engine braking system. When driving the affected vehicles in heavy rain or in deep puddles, the alternator belt may slip causing the Power Control module (PCM) to incorrectly assume failure of the charging system. Once the PCM assumes that the charging system has failed, the vehicle will stop charging and could result in poor acceleration, loss of steering assist and windshield wiper operation, and a possible engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the PCM with updated software, free of charge. The recall is expected to being in late April 2014. Mazda's number for this recall is 7314D. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2001-2004 Tribute vehicles; LOWER CONTROL ARM 
Report Receipt Date: APR 04, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V174000 
Component(s): LOWER CONTROL ARM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 109,000 

APRIL 2014 -- Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2001-2004 Tribute vehicles manufactured May 22, 2000, through December 19, 2003, originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. These vehicles may experience excessive corrosion at the forward attachment of the lower control arm. A separation of the lower control arm can result in a significant loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Mazda expects to send an interim notification around May 19, 2014. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter to come in to have the part installed. If customers bring their vehicles to a dealer before reinforcement crossbraces are available, dealers will inspect the subframe and either inform customers that the vehicle is safe to drive until the remedy parts are available or provide a rental vehicle until parts are available if an immediate repair is needed. Mazda's number for this recall is 7514D. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2010-2012 Mazda6 vehicles; FUEL TANK: VENT HOSE
Report Receipt Date: MAR 11, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V114000 
Component(s):  FUEL TANK: VENT HOSE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42,000 

APRIL 2014 -- Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured September 14, 2009, through May 2, 2011, and equipped with 2.5L engine. In the affected vehicles, spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure. Negative pressure could cause the fuel tank to crack resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module and inspect and clean the canister vent line. If a web was found in the line, the fuel tank and check valve on canister vent line will be replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Mazda's recall number associated with this campaign is 7214C. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain 2009-2013 Mazda6 vehicles
Report Receipt Date: SEP 24, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V425000 
Component(s): LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 161,400 

SEPTEMBER 2013 - Mazda is recalling certain model year 2009-2013 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured February 4, 2008, through August 24, 2012. The door latch mounting screws may become loose. If all three door latch mounting screws become excessively loose the door latch mechanism would not engage and the door might open while the vehicle is in motion increasing the risk of accident or injury. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will apply a thread locking adhesive to the door screws and retorque them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by October 18, 2013. Mazda's recall number is 7013I. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Mazda is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Mazda6 and 2004 RX-8 vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 11, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V130000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 149 

APRIL 2013 -- Mazda is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured January 14, 2003, through May 29, 2003; and 2004 RX-8 vehicles manufactured June 25, 2003, through June 30, 2003, to address a safety defect in the passenger side air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants. Owners of all vehicles on which a defective air bag may have been installed as original equipment will be notified. Dealers will inspect vehicles, and where a defective air bag inflator is identified, the inflator will be replaced, free of charge. The safety recall will begin in May 2013. Mazda's recall campaign number is 6913D Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS:  Mazda recalling 217,500 Tribute SUVs for throttle issue 
DETROIT  NEWS -- July 27, 2012

JULY 2012 --  Mazda Motor Corp. said Friday it will recall 217,500 Tribute SUVs to repair sticky gas pedals that can lead to unintended acceleration incidents.

The recall comes a day after Ford Motor Co. announced it is recalling 485,000 Ford Escape SUVs worldwide to address the same problem. The Tribute was a nearly identical vehicle to the Escape built by Ford on the same platform at its Kansas City Assembly plant

Mazda's recall covers more model years than the Ford recall.

Mazda said its new recall covers the 2001-2006 and 2008 Mazda Tributes equipped with the 3.0-liter V6 engine and cruise control. The Mazda Tribute was not produced in the 2007 model year.

The Ford recall covers 423,000 2001-04 Escape SUVs with 3.0-liter V-6 engines with cruise control sold in the U.S., and 60,000 outside the U.S. Around 10,000 of the vehicles were sold as the Maverick outside the U.S.

Ford and Mazda say that because of a lack of clearance between the cruise-control cable and engine cover, drivers may not be able to let off the throttle when the cruise control is in use. Ford is investigating whether it needs to recall right-hand versions of the Escape sold outside the U.S.

Mazda told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration its recall is larger because the engine covers are similar in the 2005-2006 and 2008 models, and "we believe they also have the potential for interference between the engine cover and the speed-control cable."

Ford spokeswoman..said Ford moved to two smaller engine covers for the Escape starting in the 2005 model year. "Mazda did not make the same change for 2005 MY and that is why theirs covers additional model years," she said.     READ MORE >>

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JULY 2012 --  Mazda is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2006, and 2008, Tribute vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control. Inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost-fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not speed control (cruise control) is used. A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, August 6, 2012. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August 2012. Until then dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy, if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment.  Mazda's recall campaign number is 6812G. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov   12V-357


NEWS:  Ford recalls 2001-2004 Escape SUVs for Unintended Acceleration 
DETROIT  NEWS -- July 26, 2012

JULY 2012 --  In the face of a new government investigation, Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling nearly 485,000 Escapes and other SUVs to repair sticky gas pedals that can lead to unintended acceleration incidents.  It comes less than two weeks after a safety advocacy group wrote Ford president.. urging him to recall the vehicles. The recall covers 423,000 2001-2004 Escape SUVs with 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control and 60,000 outside the U.S.

Ford said because of a lack of clearance between the cruise control cable, when a driver has the cruise control engaged, they may not be able to disengage the throttle...The NHTSA has 99 reports alleging incidents of stuck throttles in 2001-2004 Ford Escapes and Mazda Tributes with V6 engines. Of the total, 68 reports are from Escape owners; 31 are from owners of model year 2001 through 2004 Tributes. Thirteen crashes and 9 injuries were reported.

In December 2004, Ford recalled 470,000 2002-2004 Escapes, describing an accelerator cable assembly defect that could cause the throttle to stick. That same month, Mazda, which sold a nearly identical vehicle, recalled 121,000 2002-2004 Tribute SUVs.  Ford sent dealers an updated repair procedure in October 2005, with updated illustrations and a warning to help prevent damage to the speed control cable while replacing the accelerator cable. Mazda did not issue a similar notice.

But by that time, nearly 320,000 Escapes from the 2002-2004 model years already were fixed, and their owners never were informed of the updated procedure. The 2002 Ford Escape that crashed Arizona., .was fixed in January 2005, before the repair update.  Ford said it only learned of the death from NHTSA and inspected the vehicle on June 20. That review prompted Ford to begin a review of the data and the company's field review committee decided to recall the vehicles on Monday. NHTSA has been investigating the crash since early this year. It obtained the police report and has sought additional information from the teen's family.

"The defective accelerator cable caused high idles, but the damaged cruise control cable caused far worse open-throttle accelerations by breaking the cruise cable protective guide which allowed the connector end of the cable to jam against the engine cover," Clarence Ditlow, executive of the Center for Automotive Safety, said in a July 10 letter to Ford CEO.

Ditlow urged a new recall for what he called a "lethal cruise control cable defect." "We ask that you exercise that moral leadership by recalling all Ford Escapes with the defective cruise control cable in the 2002-04 model years to avoid more deaths and injuries which would otherwise occur if Ford waits" for NHTSA to investigate, Ditlow wrote.

This is the third recall in two weeks for the Escape. Last week, Ford recalled 11,500 new 2013 models with 1.6-liter engines because the fuel lines could leak. The company also recalled 10,000 2013 Escapes to fix carpet padding that could interfere with brakes.  READ MORE....

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NEWS:  Government investigates Ford Escapes, Mazda Tribute
DETROIT  NEWS -- July 17, 2012

JULY 2012 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation Tuesday into 730,000 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute SUVs that may have been improperly repaired after a 2004 recall and could have resulted in unintended acceleration. 

The announcement comes after the fatal crash of a 2002 Ford Escape in January in Arizona that killed a 17-year-old driver that had been repaired before Ford updated its dealers on how to make the repairs.  Ford recalled 2002-2004 470,000 Escapes in December 2004, describing an accelerator cable assembly defect that could present a stuck throttle risk.

Mazda — which sold a nearly identical vehicle — also recalled 121,000 2002-2004 Tribute SUVs in December 2004.  In October 2005, Ford sent dealers an updated repair procedure with updated illustrations and a warning to help prevent damage to the speed control cable while performing the accelerator cable replacement procedure. Mazda never updated its procedures.  But Ford never disclosed the updated procedure to the owners of more than 300,000 2002-2004 Escape owners that received repairs.

"The defective accelerator cable caused high idles, but the damaged cruise control cable caused far worse open-throttle accelerations by breaking the cruise cable protective guide which allowed the connector end of the cable to jam against the engine cover," said Center for Automotive Safety executive director ..in a July 10 letter to Ford CEO ..that urged a new recall. Ford didn't immediately comment on the investigation. NHTSA doesn't comment on pending investigations.

NHTSA has identified 99 reports alleging incidents of stuck 2001-2004 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute sport utility vehicles built with V6 engines. Of the total, 68 reports are from owners of Ford Escapes; 31 are from owners of model year 2001 through 2004 Mazda Tributes.

Some of the complaints say the failure was caused by interference between the speed control cable and the appearance cover at the throttle body cam. Many say the failures may have been related to repairs performed as part of safety recalls initiated in 2004.

The investigation follows a petition filed this month by the Center for Auto Safety questioning whether thousands of 2002-2004 Escape vehicles may been damaged during a recall fix.

When Ford sent its dealers the update in October 2005, Ford had already repaired 319,506 vehicles.

The Center for Auto Safety said a January 2012 crash in Payson, Ariz., that killed 17-year-old Saige Bloom when her 2002 Ford Escape was the result of sudden unintended acceleration linked to a faulty repair. It had been repaired in January 2005, before the update.

NHTSA has been investigating the crash since early this year. It obtained the police report and has sought additional information from the deceased driver's family.

The agency rejected a call from the safety advocacy group to hold a formal hearing and said its decision to open a formal investigation was independent of the group's request.

Sudden unintended acceleration drew nationwide headlines in 2009 and 2010 when Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide for sticking accelerator pedals and pedals trapped in floor mats. Toyota paid nearly $50 million in fines for failing to recall vehicles in a timely fashion.

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NEWS:   Mazda is recalling certain 2001-2002 Mazda Tribute vehicles
 -- January 30, 2012

JANUARY  2012 -- Mazda is recalling certain model year 2001-2002 Mazda Tribute vehicles manufactured from April 20, 2000, through July 19, 2002. The brake master cylinder reservoir cap can leak brake fluid. If brake fluid leaks, it could come in contact with the antilock brake system (abs) module wiring harness connector. Corrosion may develop in the electrical connector leading melting, smoking or possible fire. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the vehicle's brake master cylinder reservoir cap and modify the abs electrical system, free of charge. Until the repair has been performed, vehicle owners should park their vehicles outside. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about January 30, 2012.   12V-016

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JUNE 2011 -- Mazda is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles manufactured from January 7, 2008, through November 28, 2008. The ground terminal of the windshield wiper motor may have been inadvertently bent during assembly. If this condition exists then over time the electrical resistance of the motor circuit may increase up to a point that the windshield wipers would not work. The loss of wiper function in adverse weather could potentially increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will install an additional ground harness on the wiper motor free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before July 15, 2011.   11V-329

NEWS:   Automaker recalls 103,000 Mazda3 for windshield wiper problem

DETROIT NEWS -- June 19,  2011 – Mazda Motor Corp. is recalling 103,000 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles over potentially faulty windshield wiper motors.

The Japanese automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it is recalling its 2008-2009 Mazda3 built between January and November 2008. In total, Mazda is recalling 408,782 Mazda3 vehicles sold worldwide to address the issue. Some of the vehicles are sold as the Mazda Axela.

Mazda in a notice posted on NHTSA's website today said the ground terminal of the windshield wiper motors may have been accidentally bent during assembly, which could cause the wipers to fail.

In bad weather, the lack of functioning wipers could raise the risk of a crash.

Mazda said it first received reports of the problem in September and December 2009.

In March 2010, because of an "increasing trend of concern," the automaker reopened its investigation, but opted not to mount a recall because the number of incidents was low.

This month, after more incidents were reported, Mazda opted to conduct a recall.

Mazda spokeswoman ...said today that there have been no crashes reported related to the issue.

In total, the company has received 132 reports of the problem worldwide through May 30, including 30 in China, 29 in Japan and 20 in North America, Mazda spokeswoman said.

Mazda dealers will install an additional harness on the wiper motor. Mazda plans to begin notifying owners on July 15. The company will reimburse owners who had previously fixed the windshield wiper motor for the problem.

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FEBRUARY 2011 -- Mazda is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured from April 8, 2008, through February 8, 2010. A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line and this may cause a restriction in the line. If this occurs, the fuel tank pressure may become excessively negative when the emission control system works to purge the vapors from the canister. As the canister is purged repeatedly during normal operation, the stress on the fuel tank may eventually result in a crack, potentially leading to fuel leakage ad an increased risk of fire. Dealers will inspect and clean up the canister vent line, and install a spring to prevent this type of spider from entering the vent line. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before March 25, 2011.   11V-134

NEWS:   Wandering spider leads Mazda to recall 65,000 cars

YAHOO NEWS -- March 3,  2011 –  Mazda has a creepy crawly culprit in its new safety recall — a spider.

After discovering spider webs in the vents, the Japanese automaker is recalling more than 50,000 Mazda6 cars from the 2009-2010 model years in the United States and an additional 15,000 vehicles in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The company said Thursday a spider could weave a web in a vent connected to the fuel tank system and clog up the tank's ventilation. Pressure on the fuel tank could lead to a crack, causing fuel leakage and the risk of a fire.

Mazda said it was unaware of any fires, injuries or crashes in the vehicles.

Mazda spokesman Jeremy Barnes said dealers had identified 20 cases in which spider webs were found in the vents. The webs were linked to yellow sac spiders, Barnes said, but it was unclear why they were crawling into the Mazda6 rather than other vehicles.

Adding to the mystery, Barnes said the arachnoid attraction to the sporty cars — which the company has marketed with its "zoom-zoom" tagline — had no specific connection to a particular region of North America.

"Perhaps yellow sac spiders like to go zoom-zoom?" Barnes quipped.

The recall involves vehicles with V4 engines built from April 2008 to February 2010.

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NOVEMBER 2010 -- Mazda is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Mazda5 vehicles manufactured from June 29, 2009, through April 28, 2010. Water may not have been removed completely from the harness connector of the fuel pump due to variations in the fuel tank leak check process performed before vehicle assembly. The connector pin may corrode, potentially causing the pin to break. This could lead to an inoperative fuel pump, engine stall and the inability to restart the engine increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the fuel pump connector and if necessary it will be replaced and the harness will be repaired free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before December 11, 2010.   10V-600

AUGUST 2010 -- Mazda is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 Mazda3 and Mazda5 vehicles manufactured from April 2, 2007 through November 30, 2008. These vehicles may have a condition in which a sudden loss of power steering assist could occur at any time while driving the vehicle. Power steering assist is suddenly lost reducing the driver's ability to steer the vehicle as typically expected, and increasing the risk of crash. Due to short supply of parts, the first phase of mailing of owner notification letters will begin on or before September 15, 2010 and the second phase mailing will begin in September 2010 and be completed in February 2011.  10V-374


NEWS:  Mazda recalls 215,000 vehicles in U.S. for steering

YAHOO NEWS -- August 18, 2010 – Mazda Motor Corp will recall 215,000 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 vehicles sold in the United States because of the risk that they could lose power steering without warning.

The Mazda recall of vehicles from the 2007 through 2009 model years was announced in a filing with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday.

Mazda said the vehicles under recall could experience a "sudden loss" of power steering, increasing the risk of a crash. The notification did not detail any incidents.

The defect occurs because rust could break loose from a high-pressure pipe, straining the power steering pump and causing the system to shut down, the Japanese automaker said.

Mazda also said it was facing a shortage of parts to repair recalled vehicles at its dealerships.

The automaker said it would begin to notify affected owners of the recall in September and send notices to all owners by February.

The Mazda recall stems from a customer complaint in the Japanese market in March 2008, NHTSA records show.

Mazda had told dealers to monitor vehicles for the problem in the United States but had not issued a safety recall because it judged that the problem remained relatively rare.

Earlier this year, Mazda said it realized that more U.S. owners were experiencing the loss of power steering.

In June, NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation of the problem.

The Mazda recall comes as the automaker's larger rival Toyota Motor Corp faces continuing scrutiny of its handling of safety recalls. It was fined a record $16.4 million by NHTSA, the maximum then allowed, for moving too slowly to recall vehicles with defective accelerator pedals.

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NEWS:   Feds investigating Mazda3 for steering problems

USA TODAY -- July 3, 2010 -- The government is opening investigations into possible power steering problems in Mazda3 passenger cars and BMW Z4 sports cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened investigations of possible loss of power steering in more than 290,000 Mazda3 sedans from the 2007-2009 model years and nearly 50,000 BMW Z4 sports cars from the 2003-2005 model years.

NHTSA said it has 33 steering complaints for the Mazda3's and reports of three crashes tied to the problem. It has received 107 complaints for the Z4 and one crash report.

Depending on the findings, NHTSA probes may or may not lead to recalls.

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FEBRUARY 2010 -- Mazda is recalling certain model year 2010 CX-9 vehicles equipped with electrically heated front seats. There is a possibility under extremely cold conditions for the seat heater control circuit to overheat and fail due to insufficient electrical grounding. This may cause burn damage of the seat cushion surface, or a risk of smoke/fire. Dealers will install an additional ground harness on the seat heater control system. The seat heater control circuit will be replaced if necessary and/or the seat will be repaired free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before March 9, 2010.  10V-051

MAY 2009 -- Mazda is recalling 7,100 MY 2009 Mazda3 vehicles equipped with dynamic stability control for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 126, "Electronic Stability Control System". The yaw rate measured after completion of the sine with dwell steering input exceeded the test  standards. Improper operation of the electronic stability control. Dealers will inspect and have the unit replaced free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.  09V-187

APRIL 2009  -- Mazda is recalling 25,400 MY 2010 Mazda3 vehicles. A clearance between the engine harness and the housing of starter motor may be insufficient. Due to this, the covering of the harness may be damaged through vibration  during operation possibly causing a short-circuit between certain harness wires and the starter housing. A shortcircuit can result in engine control malfunction and/or poor shift quality. The main fuse may blow out causing the engine to stall and inability of restart, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will have the engine harness inspect and add a protector clip on the affected section of the harness. If necessary, the harness will be repaired. Thisservice will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 6, 2009. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.  09V-126

FEBRUARY 2009 --  Mazda is recalling 29,000 my 2009 Mazda6. The outer door handles may stick which may prevent the door from latching. This situation may allow the door to open while the vehicle is in motion. Driving the vehicle with the door unlatched could lead to an unbelted occupant being ejected and could result in death or injury. Dealers will inspect the door handles and if necessary repair or replace the handles free of charge. The recall began on February 13, 2009. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.   09V-043

FEBRUARY 2009 --  Mazda is recalling 30,600 MY 2007-2009 CX9 vehicles equipped with power adjustable seat with position memory function. The seat harness routed underneath the seat cushion may interfere with the front cover bracket which is attached on the front side of the seat cushion. Due to this the covering of theseat harness may be damaged, the core wire of the harness may touch with the bracket and result in short circuit. Drivers will experience certain functions that are uncontrollable witch will cause serious difficulties in driving increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the seat harness and fasten the seat frame with a cable tie. The harness covering will be repair free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before March 16, 2009. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.  09V-066

JANUARY 2009 -- Mazda is recalling 220 MY 2009 B-series trucks equipped with 2- wheel drive. The front spindle stem may crack due to an improper manufacturing process of the spindle. If a fracture of the spindle stem  occurs, the wheel may separate from the axle, which may result in a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash without warning. Dealers will inspect the front spindle and replace it if necessary free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before February 9, 2009. Owners may contact Mazda at 800-222-5500.  09V-032

AUGUST 2008 -- Mazda is recalling 7,200 MY 2007-2008 Mazda6 vehicles with California emission specifications. The metal fuel tanks on the affected vehicles may have had the PVC protective coating on the outside of the fuel tank damaged during the assembly process which may result in reduced corrosion resistance. This could lead to perforation of the fuel tank, causing fuel leakage. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire. Dealers will inspect the bottom surface of the fuel tank for damage to the protective coating and, if necessary, repair the coating or replace the fuel tank. The recall is expected to begin during September 2008.   08V412

August 2007 -- Mazda is recalling 76,000 MY 1998-2002 B-Series trucks equipped with a speed control system. The speed control deactivation switch may, under certain conditions, leak internally and then overheat, smoke, or burn. This could result in an underhood fire. Dealers will install a fused wiring harness. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this recall. This recall was the subject of an Engineering Analysis, EA05-005, conducted by the Office of Defects Investigation. 07V-347


NEWS

NHTSA is also recalling 2,600 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars because the bolt attaching the horn assembly to the steering wheel hub may fail during driver-side air bag deployment in extremely low temperatures