Mazda to Recall 49,166 Vehicles Due to Parking Brake Defect

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Jiji Press Ticker Service

June 23, 2017

Mazda Motor Corp. reported to the Japanese transport ministry Thursday that it will recall a total of 49,166 units of its Atenza and Axela cars for free repairs due to a parking brake defect.

The parking brake may not work at all or properly, the Japanese automaker said.

A total of 88 complaints related to the defect have been reported in Japan, according to the ministry. The cars subject to the recall were manufactured between October 2012 and June 2016.

Mazda will also provide free repairs for some 490,000 units sold overseas.

Due to a structural flaw in the parking brake’s rubber cover, water may seep into the brake, possibly causing rusting in components, according to the company and the ministry. In the worst case, vehicles parked on slopes may start moving, they said.

Two accidents caused by the defect that led to property damage have been confirmed overseas, while no accident has been reported in Japan.

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