On Friday, April 8, Mazda Motor Corporation filed a safety defect report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A concern with the automatic tightening system affects approximately 578 Mazda crossovers and cars, model year (MY) 2013 – 2016, including:
- 2016 CX-3
- 2014 – 2016 CX-5
- 2013 – 2015 CX-9
- 2013 – 2014 Mazda2
It was discovered that the automatic tightening system may not tighten the front strut assembly lower mounting nuts and bolts to the correct torque specification under certain conditions. If not tightened correctly, a separation of the front strut and steering knuckle can cause a serious loss of steering control and increase the risk of a crash.
So far there haven’t been any reports of accidents or injuries.
Owners will be notified of this potential problem and instructed to take their vehicles to a Mazda dealer to have all front strut lower mounting nuts and bolts inspected and corrected to the correct torque spec as needed. No charge will be involved with the Inspection and repair of the automatic tightening system.
This is the second recall reported by Mazda this year. In February, the Japanese automaker recalled and stopped the sale of over 260,000 of their popular CX-5 compact crossovers due to concerns of fuel leaks. According to Mazda, the filler pipe on the CX-5 could rupture during a rear collision, potentially resulting in fuel leakage.
All affected Mazda vehicles will be added to our recall database shortly after getting the VIN information of the affected vehicles from Mazda.
To see if a recall notice has been issued for your car, you can search our vehicle recall database to learn more information.