Mazda reports that it plans to recall some 2.2 million vehicles to fix a problem with their rear hatches. About a third of affected vehicles are registered in North America
The recall was caused by corrosion affecting the hatch lift brackets. Mazda reports that the protective coating applied to the brackets at the factory was not adequate to protect them from water intrusion.
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Although the water in the supports is bad enough, the corrosive effect will be amplified if this water contains road salts, such as those used for de-icing in some parts of the country. If the corrosion is severe enough, the brackets can break, potentially injuring anyone underneath. To date, however, Mazda says it has not received any reports of injuries.
The recall concerns the following models:
- 2016 Mazda CX-3
- 2013-2016 Mazda CX-5
- 2010-2013 Mazda Mazda3
- 2012-2015 Mazda Mazda5
Mazda says the recall includes more than 759,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada.
By October, Mazda plans to mail recall notices to owners, encouraging them to bring their vehicles to dealerships for service. Dealers will replace both lifting brackets at no charge.
If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, we encourage you to call Mazda Customer Service at 1-800-222-5500.