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.
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