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48,000 Mazda6 Sedans Recalled Over Rust Problem

Consumer Reports logo Consumer Reports 10/10/2018 Keith Barry
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Mazda is recalling 48,814 of its 2009 and 2010 Mazda6 sedans because a suspension component may rust to the point that it breaks, and that could make drivers lose control of the vehicle.

Because this component is more likely to rust if it is exposed to road salt, the recall is limited to vehicles that were sold or registered in so-called salt states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

There have been no crashes or injuries related to this issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain Mazda6 sedans manufactured in Flat Rock, Mich., from Feb. 4, 2008 through Oct. 1, 2010.

The problem: Mazda says it didn’t apply enough paint to a part of the vehicle’s suspension, so rust may occur if the car is exposed to road salt. A rusted component could break and the driver may lose control, which could lead to a crash.

The fix: Mazda says its dealers will inspect affected vehicles and either fix or replace the faulty component.

How to contact the manufacturer: The recall is expected to begin on Nov. 12, 2018. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at (800) 222-5500.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V631. Mazda's own number for this recall is 2818I.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has been recalled.

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