Mazda is currently issuing a recall on over 230,000 vehicles in the United Sates over a parking brake malfunction. According the the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an improperly-sealed brake assembly could allow corrosion to build up and eventually cause the parking brake to fail.
The recall covers 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 cars that are equipped with a hand-operated parking brake. Thus far; drivers have reported the brake getting stuck in the ‘on’ position, preventing the car from moving, as well as the brake failing on a hill, which could cause a roll away crash.
Mazda has stated that the protective boot around the parking brake assembly could be improperly sealed, resulting in water and debris build up which could subsequently freeze the actuator shaft and prevent the brake from engaging or disengaging. Mazda first became aware of the dilemma in April of 2015, when a driver in Canada reported parking brake drag while driving their Mazda6.
There have been at least 13 documented cases of brake drag and/or roll-away crashes between the Mazda3 and Mazda6 in the US. Luckily, no injuries have been reported.
If you own a Mazda3 or Mazda6 between the years 2014-2016, it’s pertinent that you contact your dealer and get your car inspected for the parking brake malfunction as soon as possible. If any anomalies are detected, Mazda will replace the caliper assembly or the protective boot itself.
Mazda will be officially notifying car owners starting August 21st. So, schedule your appointment as soon as it’s feasible for you and beat the herd!
Thanks for reading. Be safe!