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A collection of stories that owners should hear about including recalls, lawsuits, investigations, and top complaints. Like many automakers, Mazda has been in the news for dangerous Takata airbag recalls.

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.

Tribute SUVs Can Leak Gas From Cracked Fuel Delivery Modules

The fuel delivery modules in about 900 Tribute SUVs are delivering the fuel through small cracks and onto hot surfaces. As you can imagine, that isn’t safe and has led to a recall.

The 2010-2011 Mazda Tributes have fuel delivery modules that can crack and cause gas leaks, leading to possible fires if the fuel hits an ignition source.

The affected SUVs all have a 3-liter engine and were built between 03/03/2009 and 05/26/2011. The recall is expected to begin by December 15, 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.

Mazda6 Included in an Ongoing Continental Airbag Recall

Continental airbag problems have spread to the Mazda6. The airbag’s power supply circuit wasn’t properly protected from moisture, allowing swelling and corrosion. Eventually a warning light will come on and the airbag won’t deploy in a crash.

Mazda is 42,000 cars from the 2009 and 2010 model years.

A Quick Continental Airbag Timeline

  • 2008: Continental received an airbag control unit from a Daimler vehicle after the owner complained of a constant warning light. An investigation found the coating issue around the power supply unit.
  • 2011: Continental determined the problem was in both Daimler and Chrysler vehicles.
  • March 2013: A service campaign was started for vehicles outside the USA.
  • April 2015: Honda asked Continental to look at a faulty airbag from a 2008 Accord.
  • August 2015: NHTSA opened an investigation.
  • October 2015: Mercedes-Benz ordered a Continental airbag recall.
  • February 2016: Honda ordered a Continental airbag recall for the Accord.

Now it’s Mazda’s turn, although there’s a backlog of vehicles waiting for parts. The recalled Mazda6 cars were built between February 4, 2008, and December 3, 2009.

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.

Previous B-Series Takata Recalls Have Been Expanded

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.

Mazda Issues Another Large Takata Recall

Mazda is in the midst of another big Takata recall, this time bringing back 731,628 vehicles in different areas of the country. CarComplaints.com has the details:

The first recall has more than 495,000 vehicles called back in a confusing recall based on different “zones” of the country. Mazda says 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6 and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 cars are recalled if they were originally sold in “Zone A”

Zone A includes 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. There are additional recalls in Zone B, and then to bring the confusion up a notch, in other areas as well.

In a second recall:

About 236,280 model year 2009-2011 Mazda6, 2007-2011 CX-7 and CX-9 vehicles are recalled if they were originally sold in Zone A

And then there are others recalled in Zone B.

It’s all a bit of a mess, so we recommend checking out the David Wood’s article or check our continuing Takata coverage.

Lawsuit Says Mazda3 Clutch Fails (And So Does the Warranty)

It should come as no surprise that Mazda3 owners are tired of clutch failures. And now, after years of being told the problem was their fault, a lawsuit has been filed in California.

The lawsuit alleges the clutch assemblies have a defect in design that causes premature clutch failure and premature wear to the transmission components. The plaintiffs say the defects cause problems with the clutch disks and pressure plates, in addition to the flywheels.

The lawsuit targets the 2010-2015 Mazda3 with either a 5-speed, or 6-speed transmission. The plaintiffs claim:

  1. The clutch system is defectively designed
  2. Mazda knows about it but won’t honor their warranty
  3. Mazda blames the consumer and makes them pay for another defective clutch replacement

The plaintiffs are being represented by Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel, and McCuneWright.

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