307,000 Mazda3, Mazda6 Models Recalled For Rust (Again)

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, Automotive Editor - July 6, 2017

Two popular Mazda cars are being recalled for a rust-related problem, but it may not be visible to all owners.

The 2014 to 2016 Mazda3 and 2014 to 2015 Mazda6 are being recalled over corrosion that could cause the parking brake to fail, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin from June. About 307,000 vehicles are affected, with roughly 227,000 in the US, by a condition that may cause the parking brake actuator shaft to bind. The federal agency says this issue may prevent the brake from engaging or disengaging fully, which increases the risk of the car moving unexpectedly when parked and increasing risk of injury or crash.

The problem was first reported in April 2015 in Canadian-market cars. Despite numerous fixes since then, further incidents were reported in the US, UK, and Germany, including at least two crashes linked to the issue.

Mazda will begin contacting owners ahead of the recall start date of August 21. Owners will then be asked to bring their vehicles into Mazda service departments to have the parking brake checked and the actuator replaced free of charge if necessary.

For more information, contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, regarding recall 1217F, or the NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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, Automotive Editor

Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic

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