WASHINGTON, DC (April 8, 2016) – Today, Mazda Motor Corporation filed a safety defect report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address a concern with certain 2013-2016 Model Year (MY) vehicles.
Under certain conditions of under-torque detection, the automatic tightening system may not tighten the front strut assembly lower mounting nuts and bolts to the proper torque specification. A separation of the front strut and steering knuckle can cause significant loss of steering control and increase risk of a crash.
Approximately 578 vehicles are affected in the U.S. including:
- 2013 MY – 2014 MY Mazda2
- 2016 MY CX-3
- 2014 MY – 2016 MY CX-5
- 2013 MY – 2015 MY CX-9
There are no reports of accidents or injuries.
Owners of record will be notified of this issue and instructed to take their vehicles to a Mazda dealer to have the torque condition of all front strut lower mounting nuts and bolts inspected and corrected as needed. Inspection and repair will be performed free of charge to vehicle owners.
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through more than 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.
Tamara Mlynarczyk, 202-467-5092
Jeremy Barnes, 949-727-6844