Mazda Recalls After Seat Defect Found

Feb 23, 2017 08:40 AM EST | Joyce Vega

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Mazda car owner with Mazda 2, Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 models will have to note this. Mentioned models are being recalled, specifically models built between September 4, 2007 and March 28, 2012.

Mazda Motor Corporation, commonly referred to just as Mazda, is a Japanese multinational automaker based in Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. In 2007, Mazda produced 1.3 million vehicles for global sales, the majority of which were produced in the company’s Japanese plants. In 2011, Mazda was the fifteenth biggest automaker by production worldwide. Also in 2011, Mazda raised more than 150 billion yen ($1.9 billion) in a record share sale to replenish capital, as it suffered its biggest annual loss in 11 years.

According to Border Mail, Mazda announced the defect on all the models on February 20th. They said that the height adjustment lever on the driver’s seat could crack or completely snap, causing the seat to make rattling noises or, in the worst case, break away and move out of position. All affected owners will be contacted by mail by Mazda Australia. They advise all the owners to take their vehicle to a Mazda dealer for inspection and repair at no charge.

The affected vehicles were sold in Australia between September 4, 2007 and March 26, 2012. Mazda BT-50 is also recalled because of an issue with the speed sensor. All BT-50s sold between October 31, 2011 and December 3, 2012 should be brought up for an inspection as well.

According to Mazda, the issue causes unintended downshift into first gear. If the vehicle is in use when the failure occurs, it can cause an abrupt wheel speed reduction. That will lead to the rear tires to slide or lock up until the vehicle speed slows, which could result in a loss of vehicle control. Cars Guide reported that the total number of recalled vehicles is 124,686. Mazda 3 accounted for 60,109 of the recalled vehicles, Mazda 2 for 38,169, Mazda 6 for 16,535, and Thai-build Mazda 2 for 9,423.

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