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Ford, Mazda issue recalls

Mazda has issued a recall for the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6 (seen here) due to issues with inadequate sealing on the rear caliper's boot.

By CRM Staff

Toronto, Ontario — July 3, 2017 — Ford and Mazda have both issued recalls recently for safety issues associated with Ford’s Transit and Mazda’s 3 and 6 models.

Mazda 6 cars from 2014 and 2015 and the Mazda 3 from 2014 through 2016 are being recalled because the parking brake may drag while driving or fail to perform while parked on a slope. The recall affects 6,798 Mazda 6s and 72,835 Mazda 3s in Canada.

The issue lies in inadequate sealing performance of the rear caliper’s protective boot. Water may enter, and cause corrosion and binding of the parking brake actuator shaft.

Mazda began monitoring the issue when the company received its first report in April 2015 in Canada. Mazda received 13 more reports of the same problem by February of 2017. Crashes due to the issue were reported in Germany and the UK, but Mazda says it has not received any reports of injuries.

 Ford is issuing a recall for approximately 26,250 Ford Transit vehicles in Canada.  

Ford is issuing a recall for approximately 26,250 Ford Transit vehicles in Canada.

 

Ford’s recall is to replace the flexible driveshaft coupling on about 400,000 2015-17 Ford Transit van and bus vehicles with medium, long and extended wheelbases and chassis cabs and cutaways with medium wheelbases. There about 26,250 of these vehicles in Canada.

Continuing to operate a vehicle with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power while driving or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied.

In addition, separation of the driveshaft from the transmission can result in secondary damage to surrounding components, including brake and fuel lines. A driveshaft separation may increase the risk of injury or a crash.

Ford said it isn’t aware of any injuries or collisions associated with this issue.

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