• Feb 14, 2009
Mazda will call back some 29,000 examples of its slippery new Mazda6 sedan for a potential door handle fault that could cause them to open without warning. According to Automotive News, the outside handle can cause the door to open as a result of an "inconsistent dimension combination" between the bracket and the handle (read: they don't line up properly). The fix will involve replacing any/all door handles and/or brackets if they are found to be defective.

In other recall news:
  • Chrysler will recall 13,000 Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans over the possibility that unused connectors for the blind-spot detection system can corrode, leading to a possible vehicle fire. Affected vehicles will have the unused connector sealed and a fuse replaced.
  • Ford will recall some 11,000 units of their 2009 two-wheel drive Ranger pickups due to potentially faulty front wheel spindles. The spindles will be replaced at no cost to the owners.
  • General Motors will recall 8,000 G6 cars from the 2005-2006 model years over a corroded connector that could cause issues with the brake lamps, cruise control, and gearshift. The fix? A bit of good old-fashioned lubricant to prevent rust.
  • Ferrari will call back around 2,000 F430 Spyders to install a set of heat shields to protect some hydraulic hoses. As the story goes, the convertible top's hydraulic system may leak fluid, leading to smoking and burning.
In all cases, affected owners can expect to receive a letter warning them of the issue, urging them to schedule a no-charge service appointment with their local dealer.

[Source: Automotive News - subs. req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Re the Toyota vs Ford... At least Toyota fixes the problems and don't shaft the owenrs. Ford has built vehicles with leaky front windows that allows water to fry the electronics, spark plugs are blowing out their engines and, their rear windows leak... all on F150's. and Ford... doesn't own up to the problem and, even though they are aware of the problem, refuse to notify the owners who end up spending a lot of money before finding out the cause... Ethics.. Toyota rules in this arena.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How do you think they avoid the recall lists? It is not that Ford is building a better product...they most certainly are not, but they just don't issue recalls. If they deny that spark plugs being shot clear out of the head is not a problem, or that spark plugs that have 38K on them have to be broken to remove them is not a problem..then the problem is not there.

        I mean come-on...it is only the loyal customers that suffer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's still the same car, so the same problem is there.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as the Ferrari is concerned. It's a Ferrari, it's supposed to do that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        My F430 Spider's been just fine!

        ...in Test Drive Unlimited... lol...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Mobius - Video games have recalls all the time. They are called patches lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Poopy, you are talking out of your posterior. Modern Ferraris are impeccably finished and very reliable. All cars break down sooner or later. I have even seen Toyotas and Hondas (yes!) being towed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2009 models lead NHTSA's latest recalls, including Mazda6, Town & Country, Ranger WOW, what a shock a Ford product being defective? lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      No company is immune to recalls and NHTSA's ODI office so chill out big 3 haters.

      The real mystery is why the media picks up on some recalls and ignores others. I work in safety/vehicle compliance and recalls are an every day fact of life. Every company has many things either in the PE, EA, or recall stage every day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That new Mazda looks a lot like a Camry. It's a sad day indeed when the Camry is considered worth imitating.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you on crack? Looks NOTHING like a Camry, which looks like the 03-08 Mazda6 in the first place!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Matt your a freakin tool, always against Ford no matter what strides are made, you must of forgotten the the tons of Yaris that are being recalled, oh yea, from the Toyota, or should we call ya P71
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh snap! I'd better tell my parents.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Seminole
        LOL! FYI, they own a Mazda 6. My dad is somewhat averse to dedicated sports cars (owning one, at least).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I'm bet they won't like it when their Ferrari starts leaking fluid! ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      a. The Atenza and the 6 are one and the same.
      b. The Atenza name is only used in Japan (i.e. the Mazda 6 in Europe is the same as the Mazda Atenza in Japan).
      c. I think they both look great.
      d. Both versions are based on the Ford CD3 platform.
      e. Perhaps you were thinking of the Mazda Axela (Mazda 3)?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how Mazda's, Ford's, General Motor's, and Chrysler's are "Recalls" but Ferrari is "calling back" a vehicle.....how politically correct...LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I I have had the the ability to drive much of Italian exotica. My opinion is that most of it is crudely engineered and of very fine kit car construction quality; but kit car quality or lack of it none the less.

      You would not put up with the quirky defects, and under engineered and crude engieneering in any mass manufactured car. But Price generates Exclusivity, and the auto press must have something for the reader to salivate about. Few get to see the reality up close, so the masquerade continues.

      As an exanmple of the crude under-engineering, I remember Lamborghini not having the money to engineer an electronic ignition system for its v12, years ago. So it took two stock Ford six cylinder ignitions from a bottom of theeline Ford, and jury rigged to use both. Hardly what exotic refinement or price is no object would merit, but that was the raw reality.

      Sorry if I punctured a few bubbles.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you read of any Italian exotics past the late-70s? Ever checked out a '08 Gallardo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doh!, "I bet"
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