Mazda has announced a recall of roughly 58,000 Mazda6 sedans in the United States and Canada. The cars in question were produced between November 3rd of 2014 and December 9th of 2015 and guilty of some shoddy welding. Cars from the 2015 and 2016 model years could have wires under the front passenger seat rubbing against welding debris, running the risk of an electrical short.
The end result is a dashboard plagued with warning lights and, in some instances, the loss of power steering. Shorting can also run the risk of disabling the airbag. Mazda has decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall even though it says the warning light illumination is in full compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
No incidents have been reported as a result of power-steering loss, however owners who notice their dashboard lighting up should be aware of that possibility.
After a potential defect was brought to Mazda’s attention in December of 2015, the automaker began installing protective pads to the seat frame as a countermeasure. The company initially determined that there was a low frequency of occurrence and safety risk but further investigations to assess the frequency of failure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It eventually decided upon a recall of all 2015-2016 MY vehicles in late August.
Dealers will inspect the cars and install insulating tape and/or a protective shroud to shield the wires from any rubbing. Mazda says the recall is expected to start on September 29th.