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News   July 3, 2017   by Adam Malik

Recalls from Ford, Mazda

Ford and Mazda have both recently issued recalls for different problems related to its vehicles.

Mazda is recalling nearly 228,000 cars in the U.S. plus almost 80,000 in Canada due to a parking brake issue where it may not fully release or could fail to hold the car, thus increasing the risk of a crash.

Certain 2014-2015 Mazda 6 vehicles (6,798 in Canada) and Mazda 3s (72,835 in Canada) from 2014-2017 are affected. The recall is due to the inappropriate sealing performance of the rear brake caliper protective boot. Mazda said water can get into the brake caliper, causing a shaft to corrode and bind. If that happens, the parking brake can get stuck in the on position or fail to fully engage. Cars can then unexpectedly roll if parked on a slope.

However, the problem only affects cars with hand-operated parking brake lever systems, confirmed Sandra Lemaitre, Mazda Canada’s director of public affairs.

Mazda Canada notified Transport Canada on June 22 about the issue. Vehicle owners will be notified in the next 60 days. The first report of this problem came from Canada in April 2015. By February of this year, Mazda had 13 reports in the U.S. of the problem happening on both models. It traced the cause to a sealing boot that wasn’t keeping water out. A collision was reported in Germany when a Mazda 6 rolled off unexpectedly, damaging the rear end. Another crash with bumper damage was reported in the United Kingdom.

Dealers will check the rear brakes. If shafts are corroded, they’ll replace the calipers. If not, they’ll replace a boot that keeps water out.

Ford’s recall covers more than 400,000 Transit vans and buses to fix cracked drive shaft couplings that can cause the vehicles to lose power. The company says the recall covers North American vans, buses and chassis cabs with medium, long and extended wheelbases from 2015-2017.

The coupling can separate from the drive shaft, causing loss of power or unintended movement when shifted into park. It also can damage surrounding parts including brake and fuel lines.

Ford has said that it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

In a statement, Ford said that its data show the couplings won’t deteriorate enough to cause separation in vehicles with fewer than 30,000 miles. So drivers should schedule an appointment to get the coupling replaced after the vans hit that threshold. The company is still developing a permanent fix, and until that happens, drivers should have the couplings replaced every 30,000 miles.

Ford says in a regulatory filing that the recall will cost the company $142 million.

— With files from The Canadian Press



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