Mazda North American Operations announced on Sept. 14, 2018 they will recall almost 50,000 vehicles susceptible to potentially dangerous corrosion.
The Washington, D.C. based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) they will recall 48,814 2009-2010 Mazda6 vehicles built between Feb. 4, 2008 and Oct. 1, 2010.
The affected vehicles are built with front cross members lacking sufficient paint coating. Those vehicles driven in states that use road salt to combat icing (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) can suffer cross member corrosion, with the cross member eventually breaking and compromising steering control.
A chronology report detailing the problem is not currently available.
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The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation began its investigation on May 21, 2018 after receiving several complaints of compromised handling or control when driving the affected Mazda vehicles. Investigations found severe corrosion in the right-rear corner of the vehicle’s subframe can cause steering rack mounting bolt failure or suspension component detachment.
Mazda will notify owners and dealers will inspect the cross member and either install a side member and drain hose and apply wax to protect from rust, or install a drain hose and an improved front cross member, free of charge. The recall will begin Nov. 12, 2018. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500 Option 4. Mazda’s number for this recall is 2818I. Concerned consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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