Mazda has recalled four of its passenger models in Australia this week, due to a potential problem with the rear tailgate struts.
The carmaker has identified a weakness with the strut surroundings, which may be susceptible to corrosion – particularly in areas with a higher exposure to salt.
The problem has occurred through the use of an inappropriate type of paint.
Should the surrounds corrode, the strut may eventually break free of the mounting point as the tailgate is opened. In a worst-case scenario, a bystander may be injured if the strut escapes from the pressurised canister.
All up, 237,000 Mazdas are on the recall list in Australia to rectify this issue.
The recall will see affected vehicles fitted with replacement struts at no charge to owners, when the necessary parts become available.
The Japanese carmaker has also issued a separate recall for its BT-50 pickup this week, due to a potential problem with a rear seat fastener.
Mazda will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone Mazda Australia on 1800 034 411.