A Mazda MX-5 Miata, which is the subject of a recall

Mazda is recalling 2016-2019 MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions because an electrical problem could cause the cars to suddenly lose power and potentially result in a crash.

More than 14,000 cars are affected. Mazda says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.


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The Details

Vehicles recalled: Approximately 14,370 model year 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions.

The problem: A software problem in the transmission can cause an unexpected downshift, which may cause the vehicle to slow abruptly.

The fix: Dealers will update the transmission software in affected vehicles at no charge to owners, a Mazda spokesperson told CR.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500. A Mazda spokesperson told CR that the automaker would notify owners of affected vehicles by March 29, 2019.

NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to issue a recall number for this campaign.