Mazda recently announced that it is recalling more than 60,000 of its 2015 and 2016 Mazda 6 sedans due to a wiring problem that can impede power-assisted steering and deactivate front passenger airbags. According to the safety recall report, the occupant classification sensor wire harness located below the front passenger seat may come into contact with welding debris on the seat frame and cause an electrical shortage. This may cause multiple warning lights to go off and, in some cases, may lead to a loss of power steering and deactivation of the front passenger airbags. Although the loss of power steering can increase the risk of a crash, no accidents related to this condition have been reported. The recall is expected to begin at the end of this month. Dealers will examine affected vehicles and install insulating tape or a protective pad in order to shield the wires.
Mazda North America is recalling nearly 70,000 of its RX-8 sports cars because they are prone to fuel leaks that carry the potential to spark fires according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).