Mazda recalling over 400,000 Mazda3 and MazdaSpeed3 vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 20, 2011

A recall may be issued by Mazda Motor Corp. for over 400,000 Mazda3 and MazdaSpeed3 vehicles around the world due to defective windshield wiper motors.

At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, documents were posted to indicate that Mazda is recalling 103,300 vehicles in the U.S. built between Jan. 7, 2008, and Nov. 28, 2008. In these documents, Mazda said that the ground terminal of the wiper motor may have been unintentionally bent as the cars were made.

This defect may cause the wipers not to work, something that’s dangerous in bad weather. These documents also show that Mazda first started to get complaints about its malfunction in late 2009.

Mazda found that a recall wasn’t necessary back then but it had been tracking the matter since then. Mazda reopened the probe in March 2010 after it received more reports about the same issue. Earlier this month, Mazda chose to issue a recall to fix the problem as there had been a rise in its occurrence.

Spokesman Jeremy Barnes said that until the end of May, Mazda got 132 reports of this defect. Barnes disclosed that in North America, there were 20 reports of windshield wiper failure. Meanwhile, 30 cases were reported in China, 29 in Japan, six in Europe and 47 in the other markets.

Barnes clarified there have been reported accidents or injuries but he declined to say how much the recall will cost. The notifications to dealers will be sent out during the week of July 4. A letter will be distributed to all affected vehicle owners on July 15. What if the consumer had already had the wipers repaired themselves? Well, Mazda asserted that it will give reimbursements.

Topics: mazda, mazda3, recall

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