UPDATE: Mazda USA spokesperson Beverly Braga confirmed that this is a voluntary recall, and that the issue entails, "the control program that is designed to protect the capacitor [is] reacting hyper sensitively when the alternator belt gets wet and slippage occurs." There are no physlical issues with the components of the i-ELOOP, like the capacitor or DC/DC converter.

Need a break from news about the General Motors ignition switch recall? This Mazda recall should serve as a nice change of pace. It involves 88,000 cars across the globe, and focuses on the brand's three most recent (and important) models - the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.

The issue rests with Mazda's new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. Apparently there's a problem with the ECU program that monitors whether a capacitor in the regen system is working. Acceleration is affected, and in severe cases, the engine could stall. There have been no mention of accidents or injuries due to the issue, and the glitch itself can be cured by an ECU reflash.

As i-ELOOP is a fairly new system for Mazda, particularly in the US, the total number of affected models is rather low, with just 6,500 US cars affected. Europe is hit hardest, with 38,000 models while Mazda's home market of Japan adds 27,600 cars and crossovers. Affected models were built between October 2012 and January 2014.


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      normc32
      • 8 Months Ago
      Isn't that most of Mazda's lineup?
        sukispeed
        • 8 Months Ago
        @normc32
        In the US, i-ELOOP is only on the top spec models of only two models. So most of the cars in the US are not affected.
      danfred311
      • 8 Months Ago
      Maybe recall those proportions too. And the combustion engine. And the weight. And the lack of aero.
      Jesus!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Need a break?! Chrysler, Honda, GM, now Mazda have all had recalls this week. Im sure im missing one.
        Skylar Ross Toups
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        I wish you would go missing.
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Skylar Ross Toups
          Aren't you a pleasant one.
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Skylar Ross Toups
          You still do not understand my comment. The writer acted like this was the only break we have had from the GM recall when in fact we have had many, almost daily. I wasnt complaining about Mazdas recall I was pointing out this isn't the only break we have had. And telling someone to disappear is very immature sorry my friend.
          Skylar Ross Toups
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Skylar Ross Toups
          Right, because your first comment was just a ray or sunshine.
          Skylar Ross Toups
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Skylar Ross Toups
          The one you're missing is Toyota. Recalls are a nessecary evil of the world, so instead of making it out like they are all a terrible thing you could have applauded Mazda for finding the issue and attempting to correct it before a government agency had to get involved. So yes I can handle this as a grown up, which I am, instead of pointing out useless facts that we the car blog readers would already know.
          Skylar Ross Toups
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Skylar Ross Toups
          The one you're missing is Toyota. Recalls are a nessecary evil of the world, so instead of making it out like they are all a terrible thing you could have applauded Mazda for finding the issue and attempting to correct it before a government agency had to get involved. So yes I can handle this as a grown up, which I am, instead of pointing out useless facts that we the car blog readers would already know.
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Skylar Ross Toups
          Do you even understand what I was saying? The writer was talking about this being a break from the GM recalls..well shoot we have had about 5 others in the last week! I am pretty sure my comment was nowhere near rude and unnecessary like yours. I don't understand why people feel they need to bash each other on here so often. It's a blog about cars, there will be opinions and differences. Handle it in a grown up way.
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Skylar Ross Toups
          Do you even understand what I was saying? The writer was talking about this being a break from the GM recalls..well shoot we have had about 5 others in the last week! I am pretty sure my comment was nowhere near rude and unnecessary like yours. I don't understand why people feel they need to bash each other on here so often. It's a blog about cars, there will be opinions and differences. Handle it in a grown up way.
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Skylar Ross Toups
          Do you even understand what I was saying? The writer was talking about this being a break from the GM recalls..well shoot we have had about 5 others in the last week! I am pretty sure my comment was nowhere near rude and unnecessary like yours. I don't understand why people feel they need to bash each other on here so often. It's a blog about cars, there will be opinions and differences. Handle it in a grown up way.
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Skylar Ross Toups
          Do you even understand what I was saying? The writer was talking about this being a break from the GM recalls..well shoot we have had about 5 others in the last week! I am pretty sure my comment was nowhere near rude and unnecessary like yours. I don't understand why people feel they need to bash each other on here so often. It's a blog about cars, there will be opinions and differences. Handle it in a grown up way.
      Brian
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm a diehard Mazda 3 fan (i've had both generations) but I just can't get myself to like this model. It just doesn't look as good as the 6 or CX-5.
      jebibudala
      • 8 Months Ago
      MOAR POWARS?
      Jolly NonRancher
      • 8 Months Ago
      Mazda Canada announces sales down in March 20% compared to the same time last year. What's Mazda doing wrong? Just take a look at their new design, their way overpriced and the lack of customizations options eg tech package, their cheaping out on basic features like glove box light, smaller glove box, only one DC outlet to power your electronic devices, their permanently mounted LCD screen that makes you look like you're a cabby, and of course, the lack of buyer incentive and salesmen that are so full of themselves they think you should pay them to sell you a car.
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