All The Mazda News You Can Handle (Maybe More)

Mazda has been in the news, like everyone else, for dangerous Takata airbag recalls, plus an increasing number of recalls.

More Takata Recalls for Mazda

Takata. Recall.

Two words that I’m tired of typing and you’re sick of hearing about. Yet here we are with another recall of 94,000 Mazda vehicles that have ticking time-bombs for airbags. Some vehicles are being recalled for the second time.

By now I’m guessing you’ve heard about the dangers of Takata airbags, but here’s a quick recap:

  1. Over time Takata airbag inflators are susceptible to moisture.
  2. When that moisture mixes with the airbag’s propellant, the inflators become unstable and can explode sending shrapnel throughout the cabin.
  3. The problem is responsible for 11 deaths in the USA alone.

Mazda has now recalled more than 733,000 vehicles for this problem. Find out if yours is on the most recent list and make sure to scroll through all the different recall “zones.”

RX-8 Cracked Fuel Pump Rings

Cracked fuel pump rings in the RX-8 are allowing gas to leak out. No-one likes a gas leak, whether it’s in your car or at the Thanksgiving table. Seriously, no-one give Uncle Carl a second serving of Brussel sprouts.

Mazda says the problem is caused by insufficient heat resistance on top of the fuel tank that can cause the fuel pump rings to deteriorate from the heat of the engine and exhaust pipe. Without repairs, the fuel pump seals can crack and leak gasoline onto hot surfaces, leading to the very real potential of a car fire.

Mazda does not have enough fuel pump ring sets to perform the recall yet. Owners should watch for two notices – one alerting them of the recall, and another when parts are ready.

Recall for MAZDA6 Fog Light Buyers

Here’s a very specific recall. If you bought a 2017 Mazda6 and you bought the optional fog lights kit then you need to bring your car in for service. That’s because your turn signals might not turn off when you turn the steering wheel.

How are those things connected? You’ve got me.

Me either, Chris

The automaker says the 2017 Mazda Mazda6 cars were built August 12, 2016, to September 28, 2016, and again, all the cars are equipped with fog lights.

The recall is expected to begin this month, November 2016.

Mazda3 Recalled For Gas Tank Fires. Twice.

You don’t often hear of an automaker making two separate recalls for gas tank fires in the same day, but Mazda is here to show you anything is possible.

The automaker says some 2014-2016 Mazda3 cars have gas tanks that were damaged during manufacturing. The inlet check valve can fail over time, allowing gas to pour out onto hot surfaces. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Speaking of disasters, additional 2016 Mazda3’s are being recalled because they have deformed gas tanks that leak through recirculation pipe welds. All in all, it’s not a good day to be a Mazda3 gas tank … or a Mazda3 owner.

For specific build dates of the recalled vehicles, visit CarComplaints.com.

Mazda Hatches, Falling Down

Heads up, Mazda owners! The automaker just announced a recall of 2.2 million vehicles with rear hatches that can come crashing down.

Mazda says the vehicles don’t have enough of a corrosion protective coating on the ends of the external cylinders of the rear hatch gas lift supports. Without enough corrosion protection, the dampers can be affected by water containing road salt and cause the dampers to break.

The scary part is those hatch supports can give out quickly. On the plus side, it turns something boring like taking the groceries out of the trunk into an “exciting” game of chance.

Ball Joints and Road Salt: A CX-7 Nightmare

Road salt. It’s great at melting ice and corroding the stability right out of your ball joints.

Mazda says salted roads during the winter can can cause saltwater to enter the ball joint and corrode the parts. The corrosion can cause the ball joint in the fitting to loosen and result in a rattle from the area of the ball joint and lower control arm. Enough corrosion and the ball joint can separate from the lower control arm.

The problem is affecting a ton of CX-7s and roughly 190,000 need to be recalled. Mazda says priority repairs will be made in the following “salt belt” states:

Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Mazda Expands B-Series Takata Recalls

Mazda has decided to recall an additional 3,700 B-Series trucks after Ford recalled the Ranger back in June. Both trucks are built on the same platform.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has broken this recall into different “zones” across the country. See the full list of recalled vehicles.

Takata’s metal inflators are at risk of exploding because they don’t contain a drying agent called desiccate. Over time, the ammonium nitrate inside the inflator can become unstable when exposed to heat and humidity. If they do explode during an airbag deployment, metal shrapnel shoots throughout the cabin, injuring or killing the people inside.

Mazda, like other automakers, doesn’t have enough replacement parts to fix their vehicles. This is the largest recall in US history with 70 million cars affected and parts are scarce.

Owners should get an initial recall notice in the mail, and then another when parts become available.

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