Mazda is recalling 2007–2009 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 vehicles due to a sudden loss of power steering assist that can occur at any time. A sudden loss of power steering assist adversely affects the driver's ability to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Starting in September 2010, Mazda will mail notification letters to owners with information about the recall.
The heated seat elements may overheat, causing a fire hazard. Dealers will install an additional ground harness on the seat heater control system. If any damage has already occurred, those parts will be replaced or repaired, too. This recall began on March 9, 2010. The Mazda recall n umber is 5810B.
Due to a fault with the electronic information related to the yaw rate sensor, the electronic stability control may not function as expected. Dealers will replace the affected unit to correct this problem. This recall is expected to begin by July 14, 2009. The Mazda recall number is 5509E.
The engine wiring harness may be routed too close to the starter, resulting in damage to the harness caused by normal engine vibration. If the harness is damaged, engine control and/or transmission shift malfunctions may occur. In some cases, the main fuse could blow, causing the engine to stall and not restart, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and repair the harness. In addition, a protector clip will be installed to prevent future damage. This recall is expected to begin by May 6, 2009. The Mazda recall number is 5409D.
The wire harness under seats equipped with position memory may be damaged by the front cover bracket. As a result, the ability to adjust the seat may be lost and cause difficulties driving the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect, repair, and secure the harness as necessary. This recall is expected to begin by March 16, 2009. The Mazda recall number is 5309B.
Mazda is recalling 2009 Mazda 6 models due to sticking outer door handles, which may prevent the door from latching. This may allow the door to open while the vehicle is in motion. If an occupant is not wearing a seat belt, he or she may be ejected from the vehicle, resulting in injury or death. Dealers will inspect and replace the handles free of charge.
The front spindle stem may crack due to a manufacturing defect. If the spindle stem fractures, the wheel may come off the axle. Steering may be compromised, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall began on February 9, 2009. The Mazda recall number is 5109A.
On vehicles equipped with California emission systems, the protective coating on the exterior of the fuel tank may have been damaged during vehicle assembly, reducing corrosion resistance. Rusting could lead to perforation of the fuel tank, resulting in a fuel leak. Fuel leakage always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect the fuel tank and repair the coating or replace the tank as necessary. This recall is scheduled to begin on August 28, 2008. The Mazda recall number is 5008H.