With automotive safety recalls setting two records in the last couple of years and with a heightened sense of urgency regarding them after the Takata airbag inflator and General Motors ignition switch scandals, it is little wonder that every time a new announcement appears media outlets jump all over it. Mazda brought a new wrinkle to the recall arena Tuesday with its announcement that every one of its CX-5s, built from 2014-16, have been recalled for a flawed fuel filler system. The new wrinkle involved the number of vehicles involved. No other automaker has recalled every model for this problem. And, Mazda issued a stop-sale order for 2016 CX-5s still on dealer lots.
At issue is a fuel filler pipe that connects from the fuel port to the gas tank. In a rear-end collision, the fuel filler pipe might rupture, causing a gasoline leak. If a spark occurs near the leak, it could result in a fire. So far, though, Mazda has not received any reports of accidents or injuries relating to this issue. This recall covers 264,463 CX-5 crossovers in the U.S. The automaker issued to recall after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found a CX-5 it had tested did not meet federal safety rules.
According to Mazda spokesman Tamara Mlynarczyk, customers will be notified when replacement parts are available. “If a customer has concerns about driving their vehicle before the repair is available, dealers will offer a free loaner, demo or rental vehicle.”
In the second recall by Mazda Tuesday, the automaker recalled 19,000 model year 2004-06 B-series pickups, equipped with Takata driver-side front airbag inflators. The automaker said it was unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the inflators. The recall comes in the wake of a 5-million-car expansion of the ongoing Takata front airbag inflator recall.
The Takata recall, now the largest in automotive safety history, has now reached 24 million vehicles in total. To date, 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries have been related to this recall. The latest recall is the second for this issue in these trucks. The previous recall involved front passenger-side airbags. In total, the automaker has issued recalls for 442,266 driver-side inflators and 416,475 passenger-side inflators.
Mazda’s airbag recalls have included not only the B-series pickups but also:
· 2003-08 Mazda6 models
· 2006-07 Mazdaspeed6 models
· 2004-08 RX-8 sports cars (specific models)
· 2004 MPV minivans (certain models)
Information from Automotive News and cnet.com was used in this report.