Mazda recalls popular models because of seat, speed sensor faults

The 2012 Mazda 3 has been recalled. Photo: Fairfax Digital Collections.
The 2012 Mazda 3 has been recalled. Photo: Fairfax Digital Collections.

More than 120,000 Mazda 2, 3 and 6s have been recalled due to a defect with the driver’s seat. 

The Mazda BT-50 also has been recalled.

Mazda announced the defect on the 2, 3 and 6 models on February 20 and said the height adjustment lever on the driver's side seat could crack or completely snap, causing the seat to make rattling noises or, in the worst case, break away and move out of position. 

“The seat may exhibit an abnormal noise or rattling. In the worst case, the lifter link may break or separate from the seat frame, causing the seat to move out of position,” The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website read. 

Mazda Australia will contact all affected owners by mail and advise them to take their vehicle to a Mazda dealer for inspection and repair at no charge.

The affected vehicles were sold throughout Australia between September 4, 2007 and March 28, 2012.

On February 21, Mazda BT-50s sold in Australia between October 31, 2011 and December 3, 2012, were recalled because of an issue the speed sensor. 

The issue could results in an unintended downshift into first gear.

“If the failure occurs while the vehicle is in use, it could cause an abrupt wheel speed reduction. This may cause the rear tyres to slide or lock up until the vehicle speed slows, which could result in a loss of vehicle control,” Mazda said. 

Affected owners will be contact by mail. 

Mazda Australia will contact all affected customers by mail. Customers will be advised to present their vehicle to their preferred Mazda Dealer for inspection and repair at no charge.