Potential Parking Brake Defect Leads to Recall of More Than 220,000 Mazda Vehicles
Our Personal Injury Attorneys in Georgia Warn Mazda Owners About the July 2017 Recall and a Possible Faulty Braking System
Mazda has recalled nearly 228,000 Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 vehicles for a potentially faulty braking system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that there is a defective component of the braking system that enables water to enter the brake caliper and then cause corrosion to the parking brake actuator shaft. This defect can cause the parking brake to engage and disengage improperly, which can then lead a car to roll on its own or not remain in a parked position.
The defect was uncovered in April 2015 in Canada when it was reported that a Mazda 6 vehicle had a "dragging brake." A handful of similar incidents was reported in the United States market only a few months later. Additionally, an incident was reported in the United Kingdom when a Mazda subject to the recall unexpectedly rolled on its own down the hill and caused an accident. While none of these incidents led to injuries or death, Mazda has made the decision that this defect is dangerous enough to recall the vehicles, and replace the defective component of the braking system.
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Is My Car Subject to the Mazda Recall?
The NHTSA provides information on its website for consumers to determine if their vehicle is subject to a current recall. This particular Mazda recall applies to Mazda 3 vehicles for years 2014 to 2016, and Mazda 6 sedans for years 2014 to 2015. The recall applies to hand-operated braking systems.
Just last fall, Mazda recalled approximately 2.2 million vehicles worldwide with more than 750,000 of those vehicles being in the United States market. Like the recent recall regarding the corrosive parking brake component, the recall last fall addressed a defective component of a lift gate that also was subject to corrosion. The failure of this component was causing lift gates to slam down. The recent recalls issued by Mazda demonstrate that Mazda has been using components that are subject to corrosion and this is something they have recognized as an urgent problem.
Many defective vehicles have caused accidents that have resulted in injuries or death to individuals, and while there have been no reported injuries or deaths related to the recent Mazda recalls, there is still a risk for accidents to occur until all defective components are replaced. As such, it is important that all Mazda owners immediately determine if their vehicle is subject to either the fall 2016 recall or this recent recall in July 2017.
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