What's Wrong with the CX-9?

There are 152 complaints over 10 CX-9 model years. These can be broken down into 2 generations with their collective PainRank™. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Years Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
2 2016—2016 3.38 10 0 0 15
1 2007—2015 6.11 142 32 11 338

Recent CX-9 News

Mazda Adds 94,000 More Vehicles to Takata Recall List

Takata. Recall. Two words that I’m as tired of typing as you are sick of hearing.

But 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.”

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.

Loose Nuts and Bolts Can Cause a Complete Loss of Steering in 578 Vehicles

Mazda is issuing a small recall for a big problem.

[Mazda] says the front strut and steering knuckle can separate and cause what Mazda calls a “significant loss of steering control and increased risk of a crash.

Calling it a “significant loss of steering” is interesting. If your car doesn’t start, would Mazda call that a “substantial lack of combustion”?

Semantics aside, the good news here is the issue only affects 578 cars. Unless you’re one of those 578, in which case I doubt you’d call this good news at all.