Mazda Motor Europe is recalling 91,588 previous-generation Mazda3 and Mazda3 MPS vehicles because of a potential problem with their front windshield wipers. The Mazda3 is known as the Axela in Japan. Its first generation debuted in 2004 while its second (and current) generation followed in the 2010 model year. The vehicles covered by the recall were built between January 7, 2008 and December 22, 2008.
This recall stems from an incident wherein a Mazda3 model from the US had a front wiper failure, which was later determined to be a possible defect that took place during the factory assembly. Mazda said in a statement that in this first case, the vehicle was found to have a film of oxide around the wiper motor’s ground wire contact point, resulting to a loss of contact.
It’s possible that the ground terminal was deformed during assembly of the wiper motor and it was fixed on the parts production line. Mazda states that there are very few similar reports but it still chose to initiate this recall.
Mazda will notify the affected owners in Europe in the middle of July. They can have their cars reworked at an authorized dealership free of charge. The dealership will add a ground wire to the front wiper motor.