2012 Mazda6

Mazda has announced that it's recalling about 49,339 of its 2011-2013 Mazda6 sedans because a component could fail from corrosion caused by exposure to road salt over time.

That could lead to a steering failure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is an expansion of a recall from 2018.

Safety News

The automaker says that affected vehicles may have insufficient paint where two suspension components connect, which could lead to rust. If this connection fails, the vehicle’s steering could change unexpectedly and lead to a crash. The action affects only vehicles sold or registered in states where road salt is used in winter.

Owners may be able to tell whether their car has been affected if the steering wheel has become off-center or there's an unusual noise caused by a front wheel touching a trim piece. The noise can be heard inside and outside the vehicle, NHTSA says.

In addition, mechanics may notice the problem when the car is taken to a dealership for service. 

Mazda didn't immediately reply to a CR query about whether any crashes or injuries have been connected to this problem.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 49,339 Mazda6 sedans from 2011-2013 sold and/or registered in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

The problem: A piece of the suspension may corrode after exposure to road salt over time. If the piece fails, it can create a sudden change in steering alignment, increasing the risk of a crash.

The fix: Mazda dealers will inspect the car and, if needed, install a support bracket and drain hose, and apply wax on vehicles that don’t have any corrosion. Dealers will replace the component if corrosion is present. All of the work will be done at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Mazda customer service at 800-222-5500, option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 2818I. 

NHTSA campaign number: 19V323. This recall is an expansion of NHTSA recall 18V631.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs 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. Because automakers issue recalls often (and for many older vehicles), we recommend checking back regularly.

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