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A quick look at all the things wrong with Mazda right now.

Recent Mazda News

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.

Mazda Among 4 Automakers That Will Settle Takata Airbag Lawsuits

Mazda is among a group of four automakers that have reached an agreement to resolve multi-district litigation related to Takata airbags. The group also includes BMW, Subaru, and Toyota.

One of the goals of the agreement is to boost the recall completion rates for Takata airbag inflators, which need to be replaced by 2019. Only 22% of 70 million inflators have been replaced so far, with some automakers closer to a 2% completion rate.

The agreements will cost the automakers about $553 million, with $76 million from Mazda. An administrator will be appointed to:

  1. Oversee the program to increase the recall repair rate
  2. Determine who is eligible for out-of-pocket repair claims
  3. Determine the reimbursable costs and how much eligible owners will receive

Additionally, a rental car program will be setup:

The agreements also create a rental car loaner program, separate from any existing programs. Under the settlement terms, the four automakers will make rental or loaner cars available to customers upon request. The rental car program will begin 30 days after preliminary approval of the agreements for any customer who hasn’t received replacement parts within 30 days.

The details still need to be finalized in court.

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