It appears that the US seems to draw the short straw on cars. It was only yesterday we reported that in the US, BMW were recalling a small number of i3s and the new Cooper.
Now Mazda are making a recall but rather than on one of the latest vehicles it actually features cars as old as 25 years.
Mazda are conducting what they call a “Safety and Emission Recall Campaign” which covers models with a quality and performance issue.
The fault in question is with a potential failure of the electrical thermal base of the ignition switch.
The official press release states that: “Due to an excessive amount of grease at the contact points inside the ignition switch during production, as a result of time and use, the grease may carbonize and accumulate between the contact points, reducing the electrical insulation performance inside the switch.
As a result, continuous use may lead the contact points of the thermal base of the switch to become conductive, which may overheat the switch. Should this occur, the resulting effect is smoke from the switch, and, in the worst case, a fire.”
Approximately 1.2 million Mazdas in the U.S. are affected by this issue. The affected models are:
- 1990-1996 323/Protégé
- 1989-1998 MPV
- 1993-1998 626
- 1993-1995 929
- 1993-1997 MX-6
- 1992-1993 MX-3
The electrical thermal base is the specific part of the component that may fail and it has been stated by Mazda that it does not directly affect drivability of the affected cars whilst running. There are no reports of accidents related to the issue.
Mazda plans to conduct this recall in the US in December.