• Apr 20, 2009
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The hotly-awaited Mazda3 is only now filtering into U.S. dealerships after hitting other markets, but there's already a snag – more than 25,000 units are being recalled.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the safety concern stems from a small tolerance issue: the clearance between the underside of the engine and the starter motor housing is apparently too narrow, which could result in a short circuit, leaving the car at risk of stalling and perhaps being unable to kick over again. As a result, NHTSA has issued a recall for the 25,400 new Mazda3s in the United States to have a simple clip installed and, if necessary, to have the problematic engine harness repaired.

Full details are available in the press release after the jump.


[Source: NHTSA - Office of Defects Investigation]

PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

MAZDA / MAZDA3 2010
Manufacturer: MAZDA MOTOR CORP Mfr's Report Date: APR 15, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V126000
N/A

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 25400

Summary:
MAZDA IS RECALLING 25,400 MY 2010 MAZDA3 VEHICLES. A CLEARANCE BETWEEN THE ENGINE HARNESS AND THE HOUSING OF STARTER MOTOR MAY BE INSUFFICIENT. DUE TO THIS, THE COVERING OF THE HARNESS MAY BE DAMAGED THROUGH VIBRATION DURING OPERATION POSSIBLY CAUSING A SHORT-CIRCUIT BETWEEN CERTAIN HARNESS WIRES AND THE STARTER HOUSING. A SHORT-CIRCUIT CAN RESULT IN ENGINE CONTROL MALFUNCTION AND/OR POOR SHIFT QUALITY.

Consequence:
THE MAIN FUSE MAY BLOW OUT CAUSING THE ENGINE TO STALL AND INABILITY OF RESTART, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL HAVE THE ENGINE HARNESS INSPECT AND ADD A PROTECTOR CLIP ON THE AFFECTED SECTION OF THE HARNESS. IF NECESSARY, THE HARNESS WILL BE REPAIRED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MAY 6, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA AT 1-800-222-5500.

Notes:
MAZDA RECALL NO. 5409D. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, to be safe, they had better replace the whole front clip with a redesigned one. It's the only way to be sure it gets fixed right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they should recall it to fix the smiling grin as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe you should ask the dealership to turn the smile upside-down, sourpuss.

        On a side note, how long will it be before we see someone driving around with teeth placed into the grill? I'm thinking gold plated, for the best possible street cred.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is why you generally shouldn't buy in the first model year unless you are ABSOLUTELY sure of its reputation. Anyway, most of those cars probably haven't been sold yet.

        @nardvark
        That will happen in Dubai. We'll probably see it on this site in the near future (alongside that gold-plated Camry).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait, I thought only domestics had problems like this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In Mazda's defense, the 2010 Mazda3 was developed while Ford still owned the controlling interest in Mazda. Today, finally, the Blue Oval is no longer calling the shots (they recently sold their controlling interest because, well, they needed money).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Early recalls like this are common with new models. Not really news here, but good for Mazda for recognizing it and fixing it now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really, do you need to stretch so much to bitch and moan? They found a problem and addressed it very quickly. The argument they shouldn't have released the car until it was perfect in the first place is one we hear with every problem. I've had a new car get a recall repair right away, and it wasn't a big deal and I was happy to have them provide the fix.

        Be realistic, things are never guaranteed to be perfect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        mapoftazifosho, perhpas you should calm down...

        Since 2001, Mazda has won more quality awards than any other manufacturer - in Germany, awarded by Autobild, the most influential German car magazine, based, among other things, on TUV (the largest industrial quality audit authority in the world) tests and inspections.

        http://www.autospies.com/news/Mazda-Gets-1st-Place-in-Auto-Bild-Magazine-s-Quality-Report-for-the-3rd-Year-16149/

        http://www.articlesbase.com/automotive-articles/mazda-ranks-first-in-auto-bilds-2007-quality-report-165187.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        I bet 90% of the cars recalled are sitting on dealers' lots.

        However you feel about it, it happens frequently with new models from every manufacturer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        mapoftazifosho has a point. I just saw one on the road for the first time yesterday and must admit it does a great job of making the previous gen look out dated, which is a good thing. That said, it is BS to recall a car essentially immediately after release. If they were aware of the issue why not just hold off on releasing the cars another few weeks and sort it out, without having their customers deal with bringing the car in, getting back to work, getting a ride back out, etc etc. You simply do not expect your brand new car to be recalled the day after u've purchased it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still haven't gotten past gagging when I see pictures of the new 3 yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      with all its faults, the beast still smiles
      • 5 Years Ago
      In other news, just as many 2010 Mazda3's have been recalled for OMG HAPPYFACE ATTACK!!!11one
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is nothing to smile about Mazda 3!
      • 5 Years Ago
      25000+ as in more than 25000
      not 25000 + 2010 model years.

      don't go looking for specific info on which of the other years models that are being recalled nor think that this was just early morning mathematics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's not true. many years the non-german dominated the adac pannenstatistik, with builders like honda, mazda etc. But now , the're been replaced by builders considered tot have poor reliability, like renault, seat, fiat.. so, not neceseraly german brands
      • 5 Years Ago
      =(
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