Mazda Motor Corp. has initiated recalls of 575,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of liftgates that can fall down. The company confirmed that it filed papers with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to start a recall of 2010-2013 Mazda3s, 2012-2015 Mazda5s, 2013-2016 CX-5s, and 2016 CX-3s. The liftgate has two supports that were coated with too little corrosion protection substance, the car company said, which meant that if salt and water got in, they could fail. “The rear hatch or lift gate may drop suddenly, and/or the broken parts may hit the customer,” the carmaker said in a statement, but noted that it hasn’t received any injury reports.
Meanwhile, in August, Mazda announced a recall of about 190,000 CX-7 SUVs over a suspension ball joint that could cause a total loss of steering control. Although there are no reported injuries from the defect, Mazda told NHTSA that it would recall the CX-7s from model years 2007 to 2012 beginning in early October. A ball joint in the car’s lower control arm is particularly susceptible to water entry, the company said. If that water contains salt, including from winter roads, “the ball joint may corrode and separate from the lower control arm, resulting in a loss of steering control,” NHTSA said. All of the vehicles were made in Mazda’s Hiroshima, Japan, factory, according to agency records.
Mazda CX-7s from model years 2007 to 2012 were also the subject of a late May recall over Takata air bag inflators. Those inflators’ capacity for catastrophic failure has roiled the auto industry for months; they were used in many brands and models. Mazda’s Takata-related recalls included the 2004 model RX-8, 2003 to 2008 model Mazda 6 and 2006 to 2007 Mazdaspeed6. Nearly 20 million vehicles overall have been recalled by a dozen additional automakers in connection with Takata’s faulty inflators, which have been linked to several deaths and about 100 injuries. An ammonium nitrate propellant helps cause the inflator explosions, which can send fragments of metal flying toward drivers and passengers.
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