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Mazda to recall 160,000 cars in U.S. with door problem

30 September 2013, 20:01

Detroit - Mazda Motor Corp is recalling 161,400 Mazda 6 sedan cars in the U.S. because of faulty screws which could cause the side doors to open while the car is being driven.

The Japanese auto maker is recalling the cars from model years 2009 through 2013 because the door latch mounting screws could become loose, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

If all three mounting screws got too loose, the door latch wouldn't engage and the door could open, according to NHTSA.

It added that if the door ajar warning light was not noticed and the vehicle driven, the door could open while the car was in motion, increasing the risk of accident or injury.

The administration said U.S. safety regulators had opened a probe called "Preliminary Evaluation" in May after receiving four consumer complaints on the issue.

"Mazda will apply a thread-locking adhesive to the screws and re-tighten them free of charge,’’ the NHTSA added.

The recall is expected to begin on Oct. 18.

The cars were built at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, that Mazda and Ford Motor Company operated jointly until 2012.



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