Mazda recalling 91,588 previous-generation Mazda3 and Mazda3 MPS

Article by Christian A., on June 15, 2011

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.

It is particularly hard to resist the temptation when looking at a Mazda 3. This is simply because even a glimpse makes the onlooker get emotionally attached to the car. This results to an initial connection that is expected to last for a long time.

Mazda’s secret formula to this temptation is its "KODO - Soul of Motion" design theme that takes inspiration from the beauty and power of nature. Developed to take Mazda’s characteristic sense of vitality and agility to another level, KODO allowed the carmaker to create a new generation of cars that makes it highly appealing to get behind the wheel.

The new Mazda 3 represents a number of hallmarks for Mazda, as it remains easily recognizable as a Mazda. The Japanese carmaker was able to further evolve KODO to make it suitable for the C-segment, donning strong and dynamic proportions that allow the Mazda to full express dynamic motion, even at a standstill. Just like prior KODO vehicles, the new Mazda 3 is gifted with a confident stance as complemented by its compact rear-biased cabin. Compared to the present Mazda 3, the incoming model is lower and wider, as boosted by a raked profile that rises significantly towards the rear and by boldly flared fenders and large sporty aluminum wheels.

Its overall design is alluring enough to quickly make the onlooker attached to the Mazda 3. As soon as its driver sees the new Mazda 3, a number of possibilities are expected to come in mind. This dynamic tension is well fused with the car’s extraordinary sensation of rhythm. The new Mazda 3 features glossy surface textures that create an emotional interplay with lights, allowing the car to capture onlookers’ senses while uplifting their moods.

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