The driver's chair's angle could suddenly change if a certain part breaks while the vehicle in the road.
Mazda will recall 173,859 vehicles in the United States because the seats could suddenly move. The campaign will affect the 2011 Mazda2, 2010-2011 Mazda3, and 2010-2011 Mazdaspeed3.
According to the automaker, the seat lifter link can crack and push nuts can separate from the chair’s frame. Continual use during either condition could cause the part to break, and the seat angle would suddenly incline. “The driver may not be able to maintain an appropriate driving position,” according to Mazda’s report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The company reports that an abnormal noise or rattling from the bottom of the seat is sometimes an early warning of this problem.
Mazda dealers will inspect the seat lifter links. On vehicles without damage, technicians will install a reinforcement bracket and will increase the number of push nuts to two per seat lifter link. On models with cracked components, mechanics replace the entire seat adjuster unit with a modified part. The automaker will begin the recall March 31, 2017.
The affected models are the previous-generation of Mazda3. For the latest iteration of the compact vehicle, the company doesn't have a hot hatch as a replacement for the Mazdaspeed3. Instead, the company has invested in designing stylish models and adding crossovers to the lineup.
Mazda's next big undertaking is improving the efficiency of its internal combustion engines. A new combustion process for its Skyactiv 2 powerplants can reportedly increase fuel economy by as much as 30 percent. An updated Mazda3 in 2018 should be among the first of the automaker's products to get the new mills. The firm is also looking at creating an electric vehicle for some markets by 2019, and it might have an optional small-displacement rotary engine as a range extender.
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NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 17V082000
Seat Lifter Links may Crack or SeparateIf the driver cannot maintain an appropriate driving position, there is an increased risk of a crash.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V082000
Manufacturer Mazda North American Operations
Potential Number of Units Affected 173,859
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2011 Mazda2 and 2010-2011 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the seat height adjustment lifter links may break or detach from the seat frame and the seat angle may incline causing the driver to not be able to maintain an appropriate driving position.
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat lifter links and install a reinforcement bracket to the lifter links, or replace the entire seat adjuster unit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 31, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0917B.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
5 Affected Products Vehicles
MAKE MODEL YEAR
MAZDA MAZDA2 2011
MAZDA MAZDA3 2010-2011
MAZDA MAZDASPEED3 2010-2011