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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Mazda

We collect information from owners and combine it with data from NHTSA to give you a clearer picture of what breaks the most and in what vehicle generations. Oh, and there's the occasional bright spot too. Emphasis on the occasional.

Recent Mazda News

Mazda Has a More Permanent Takata Fix for 80,000 Vehicles

Back in January, Mazda issued a confusing Takata recall that is finally coming to its conclusion. At the heart of the confusion was Mazda’s “temporary fix” to a dangerous problem without any real indication how long a more permanent fix would take.

Thankfully, that fix is here.

There’s still come confusion though surrounding recall “zones”, but don’t worry – CarComplaints.com has the full break-down.

Parking Brake in Mazda3 and Mazda 6 Might Bind When Trying to Drive, Disengage When Trying to Park

Have you ever tried to drive your car with the parking brake still applied? It doesn’t take long to realize something is wrong. That’s something 228,000 Mazda3 and Mazda6 owners might soon experience thanks to corrosion. From CarComplaints.com:

The 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 cars have brake calipers where water can enter and cause the parking brake actuator shafts to corrode and bind. This can cause the parking brakes to not engage or completely disengage.

So the brakes can stick AND disengage randomly?

So not only does the brake bind up when you’re trying to drive, it could also disengage after parking on a hill.

Mazda engineers found a design flaw in the protective boot of the rear caliper. Bad seals allow water to enter and start corroding the braking system. No wonder it needs to be recalled, which is expected to begin in August 2017.

RX-8 Recalled for Steering and Fire Risk Problems

The RX-8 has been recalled twice.

First up, the fuel pump pipes in certain 2004-2008 model years can crack due to heat from the engine and the exhaust. Considering the engine and exhaust will always be hot, this isn’t good news. Especially if you’re not a fan of gas leaking onto hot surfaces (hint: you shouldn’t be).

About 70,000 cars will need to be recalled with most having already been previously recalled for the same issue. Last time Mazda focused on busted seals rather than the pipes themselves.

A Smaller, but Still Dangerous Recall

Mazda is also recalling over 34,000 of its 2004 RX-8s with ball joint sockets in the front suspension that can crack, resulting in a sudden loss of control.

According to the automaker, a faulty caulking process is to blame and the issue is most likely to occur under heavier loads. And you thought loading all those mulch bags in your car wouldn’t be a problem.

Both recalls are expected to begin on July 30, 2017.