Mazda Recalls Over 120,000 Cars and SUVs That Might Stall While Driving

The affected vehicles are equipped with a faulty fuel pump from automotive supplier Denso

2019 Mazda CX-5 in front of a house
2019 Mazda CX-5
Photo: Mazda

Mazda is the latest manufacturer to recall vehicles in order to fix faulty fuel pumps. Over 121,000 cars and SUVs are involved in the recall, including 2018 Mazda3 sedans and hatchbacks, 2018 Mazda6 sedans, 2019 CX-3 SUVs, 2018 and 2019 MX-5 Miata coupes and convertibles, 2018 and 2019 CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs, and 2019 and 2020 Mazda2 hatchbacks. 

Affected vehicles could stall if the fuel pump fails while the vehicle is in motion, which could cause a crash. They may also fail to start.

The problem is due to a batch of over 2 million faulty low-pressure fuel pumps manufactured by Denso, an automotive supplier, which were installed on vehicles made by Acura, Ford, Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Toyota. Toyota has already recalled over 3 million vehicles (not all the recalled vehicles have a faulty pump), and more recalls may follow.

The Details

Vehicles Recalled 
• 2018 Mazda3 sedans and hatchbacks and Mazda6 sedans
• 2019 CX-3 SUVs
• 2018 and 2019 CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs, and MX-5 Miata coupes and convertibles
• 2019 and 2020 Mazda2 hatchbacks

The problem: An improperly manufactured fuel pump could develop cracks and fail, which may prevent the vehicle’s engine from starting or cause it to stall while it’s running.

The fix: Mazda dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the fuel pump free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Mazda will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles starting in early January 2022. Owners may also contact Mazda customer service at 800-222-5500 and select option 4. Mazda’s own number for this recall is 5321K.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V875

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.