Corrosion Causes the CX-5 Daytime Running Lights to Flicker and Fail

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Like many newer vehicles the 2016 CX-5

  • Daytime running lights (DRL) have quickly become standard on many new vehicles.
  • Don't need to be turned on and off
  • A car with lights on is easier to spot
  • From a safety standpoint there are no downsides

Why the Lights Fail

  • The LED daytime running lights have problems with the sealing gaskets attached to the wiring connectors for the lights.
  • Mazda says the gaskets release sulfer that corrodes the LED circuits
  • Damaged circuits cause the lights to flicker and eventually fail

Why that's a problem

  • There's no warning about this problem happening. No indicator on the console to let drivers know there is a problem.
  • The lights tend to flicker on and off at first and a driver might not notice.
  • Tend to fail after the standard 36,000-mile warranties run out
  • Super expensive to replace. There is no seperate bulb in the headlight assembly which means the whole assembly needs to be replaced.
  • State laws, stipulate car headlight use only when wipers are in use
    ++ Because keeping track of state laws can be difficult, owning a car with automatic headlights (which turn on when it’s dark) as well as daytime running lights (which use a low beam headlight during the day) can be handy.
  • Vehicles won't pass state inspections
  • Proven to cut down on daytime accidents

Class Action Lawsuits

  • Filed at the end of 2019
  • Expensive out-of-pocket repair
  • Parts on backorder because they're all failing at once.
  • Kidd, et al., v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc. in California

Mazda Issues Recall

  • Issued in February 2020, set to begin on March 6th, 2020.
  • 2016 CX-5 only
  • 36,700 in the USA, nearly 7,000 in Canada
  • Mazda will replace the sealing gaskets and add anti-corrosion materials. In some cases they'll replace the entire unit.

Affected Models

Mazda CX-5

19th out of 19

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, here's a handful of things you can do to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

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  2. Notify CAS

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  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

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