Mazda to Recall 400,000 Vehicles Globally for Possible Wiper Defect
Mazda to recall 103,300 Mazda3 and MAZDASPEED3 vehicles in the US.
In documents posted Monday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web site, Mazda said it's recalling 103,300 vehicles in the United States manufactured between Jan. 7, 2008, and Nov. 28, 2008.
The ground terminal of the wiper motor may have been accidentally bent as the cars were assembled, Mazda said in the documents. The flaw may cause the wipers to stop working, which could prove dangerous in inclement weather.
The Japanese automaker first received complaints about the malfunction in late 2009, according to documents submitted to NHTSA. Mazda determined that no recall was necessary at that time but continued to monitor the situation, the documents show.
In March 2010, Mazda reopened its investigation after more incidents were reported. This month the automaker decided a recall was necessary "to remedy the concern because of an increase in the frequency of the occurrences."
Through the end of May, Mazda received 132 reports of the issue, spokesman Jeremy Barnes said. There have been 20 reports of windshield wiper failure in North America, 30 reports in China, 29 in Japan, six in Europe and 47 in Mazda's other markets, Barnes said.
The windshield wiper defect hasn't caused any injuries or accidents, Barnes said. He declined to comment on the cost of the recall.
Dealers will be notified of the recall during the week of July 4, Mazda said in the documents. A letter will be sent to all impacted owners on July 15. The automaker also said it would reimburse consumers who had already fixed their wipers.
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True enough, however, it took an act of Congress, literally, and a federal court ruling to force Toyota to recall the effected vehicles. They did not recall them voluntarily. And they engaged in deception to hide the problems. That's is the worst part of the whole thing. They lied, and hid the problems, often blaming the owner's driving habits for the problems. Or they patched it along until the warranty expired, THEN, after the warranty no longer was in force, as in my case, they miraculously found the problem.
By the way, there's a huge difference in defects like a faulty wiper motor and those that caused serious accidents, injuries and deaths, as with Toyota's defects.
Yes, any vehicle from any country can have problems that need to be recalled. The problem with Toyota (and Honda) is that they do not want to take the blame. At first, all they do is say that Americans do not know how to drive. It is only when the problems affect their vehicles in Japan too that they reluctantly issue a recall. I do not buy into the "they are made in America" garbage either. Not all of their vehicles are made in the USA. Many of the later recalled vehicles from Toyota are only built in Japan.
Why is Honda and the Toyota brand still the number one auto makers out there.
@D-man357, I'm not sure how you are defining "number one auto makers"....not to mention how can they both be number one? Is it a tie?
If you are talking about sales volume, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but neither Toyota or Honda are #1. In May, Chrysler, Ford and GM all outsold Toyota and Honda. In fact, neither Toyota or Honda had a vehicle that made it into the Top 10 of best selling vehicles last month. 8 out of the 10 were made by Chrysler, Ford and GM and the remaining two were made by Hyundai and Nissan. Considering Chrysler, Ford and GM have all shed models and even whole divisions like Mercury and Saturn over the last two years, they STILL sold more vehicles individually than Toyota or Honda.
Actually, I have to make one correction, I DON'T hate to be the bearer of bad news when it come to Toyota since they screwed me over royally on my lemon of a Lexus. If that's Toyota's best, no wonder they're losing customers.
It does say a lot, about the people who still trust this brand, especially since the recall notices are still going out. We got a new recall notice on our RAV4 for it's anti-lock brake system. Called the dealer and set up the appointment, also told them to send out a wrecker, since the transmission is junk and they refused to fix it. Was told, I would have to get the car to their shop and it must be drivable to do the repairs. I guess I'll have to skip this repair since I can't put a new $3600 transmission in the car at the moment.
Yeah, keep buying these recalls on wheels. Reward Toyota for building in defects and then hiding it as long as possible. It took an act of Congress and a federal court to force them to recall them. Yeah, I'll run right out and buy a new one,,,,,,, When monkey's fly and the Witch of the West tells me it's all good now. NEVER again. New recall notice, "One more reason to NOT buy Toyota".
Nicodemus46 - Ford Motor Company owns a large portion of Mazda Motor Co about 48%, if memory serves. They supply engines and transmission for some Ford Models. This partnership arrangement, is all that prevents Ford from acquiring a majority share and taking the Company over completely, as Ford has with other brands or buying them outright. Ford, as it happens has domestic suppliers fro electrical parts, such as wiper motors.
It takes a 5 second Google search to find out that as of Nov 2010 Ford owns 3.5% of Mazda - that's 3 and one half percent, not forty-eight. Your memory is serving you poorly. Maybe you should admit that and Google your facts prior to posting them. That also pretty well blows out your statement about the partnership being the only thing preventing Ford from buying them outright.
The truth is, Ford has sold off nearly every bit of every stake they had in every other car company in which they had ever invested (Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, and others that I don't remember). That and mortgaging off all their property is all that kept them from bankruptcy along with GM & Chrysler.
Ford Motor Company owns a large portion of Mazda Motor Co about 48%, if memory serves. They supply engines and transmission for some Ford Models. This partnership arrangement, is all that prevents Ford from acquiring a majority share and taking the Company over completely, as Ford has with other brands or buying them outright. Ford, as it happens has domestic suppliers fro electrical parts, such as wiper motors.