Georgia Drivers Beware: Mazda Recall Following Loose Door Issue

Are my doors going to open while I ‘zoom-zoom’ in my Mazda6?

An helpful article  discusses Mazda Motor Corporation’s recent recall of its Mazda6 vehicle due to faulty door latch mounting screws.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the screws may come loose and the door latch could malfunction.  Should this occur – the door (or doors) might open while the car is moving – this poses an increased risk of an accident and injury.

The NHSTA began its preliminary investigation earlier this year after four consumer complaints were filed.  The recall applies to approximately 161,400 Mazda6 cars with a model year between 2009 and 2013 that were manufactured from February 2008 through August 2012.

What should I do if I own a Mazda6?

The automaker, Mazda, notified affected owners of the issue. The recall began on October 29, 2013.  Mazda6 car owners were instructed to take their vehicles to a local Mazda dealership for a free repair.  The repair entails a re-tightening of the screws with a thread-locking adhesive.

Car owners may also contact Mazda directly and call 1-800-222-5500.  The applicable recall number is 70131.  In the alternative, owners may contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 for additional information regarding the recall.

How does the car recall process work?

The federal government’s NHTSA oversees safety defect recalls in vehicles.  In order to be considered a motor vehicle safety defect the problem:

·      Creates a risk to motor vehicle safety and

·      May exist in a number of cars of the same design or manufacture – or equipment of the same kind or manufacture.

The NHTSA reviews each complaint made and will determine if a safety recall is necessary.  A Preliminary Investigation is conducted and if necessary, an Engineering Analysis will be made.  The Engineering Analysis may take up to a year and upon resolution a recall may be requested or ordered.  Manufacturers normally issue the recall and contact car owners instead of contesting the recall in court.  Most of the time car manufacturers independently issue recalls before the government even gets involved with the process.

In some instances, a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) is issued instead of a recall.  TSBs apply to design issues that are not related to a safety problem.

To check for safety recall or TSB announcements that may pertain to your vehicle check the NHTSA web site.

Does a recall preclude legal action?

Just because a recall is underway it does not necessarily mean that an individual cannot take legal action with regard to injuries suffered as a result of a vehicle safety issue.  Recall remedies are typically in addition to any other legal remedies that may be available.  In order to determine whether or not your legal claim has merit – contact an experienced Georgia Car Accident Attorney at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. today at (404)814-8949 to discuss your case.