On June 15, Mazda announced a recall of 103,300 vehicles due to a problem with the windshield wiper motor. The ground terminal on the motor may have been bent during the manufacturing process. If that happened, the electrical resistance of the motor circuit may increase to a level that would cause the windshield wipers to stop working. While no injuries have been reported in relation to the malfunction, loss of windshield wiper use in stormy weather could increase the risk of a crash. Mazda has so far received 132 reports of the wiper motor defect in cars sold in North America, China, Japan, and Europe.
The recall involves 2008 and 2009 Mazda3 and MazdaSpeed3 cars that were manufactured between January 7, 2008 and November 28, 2008. Owners of vehicles that may be affected will be contacted by Mazda around July 15. Owners will be able to take their car to a dealer to have an additional ground wire harness installed for free. If you have questions about the recall or want more information, call the Mazda customer assistance center at 1-800-222-5500 or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
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