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Recall Alert: 580,000 Mazda Cars, Minivans, SUVs

13_Mazda_Mazda3_Recall.jpg 2013 Mazda3 | Manufacturer image

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 580,000 model-year 2010-13 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 cars manufactured between Nov. 18, 2008, and June 8, 2013; model-year 2012-15 Mazda5 minivans manufactured between Oct. 26, 2010, and June 22, 2015; model-year 2013-16 CX-5 SUVs manufactured between Dec. 15, 2011, and Dec. 26, 2015; and model-year 2016 CX-3 SUVs manufactured between June 1 and Dec. 26, 2015

The Problem: Insufficient corrosion-protective coating was applied to the ends of the external cylinders of the rear hatch or liftgate gas stay dampers (lift supports). If water containing road salt enters, it can cause corrosion and, over time, result in the rear hatch or liftgate breaking when opened — the hatch or liftgate could drop suddenly and the broken parts may hit someone, increasing the risk of an injury. Mazda noted in a statement that it is aware of no accidents or injuries as a result of this condition.

The Fix: Dealers will repair the problem with the hatch or liftgate gas stay dampers for free.

What Owners Should Do: Mazda did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-222-5500 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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Edtior’s note: This post was updated on Sept. 19 with new information from NHTSA, including a revised recall count, the addition of the Mazdaspeed3 and manufacture dates for affected models.

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