Mazda has issued a recall affected almost 90,000 Mazda3 and Axela models in China and Japan. The cars have faulty oil hoses. Mazda may also repair an estimated 191,500 more vehicles. Reuters reports:
In a filing with Japan’s transport ministry, Mazda said driving on rough roads for an extended time could cause the oil hose to rub against the radiator’s protective panel, causing oil to leak with wear. In the worst case, the car would be unable to start, it said.
No accident or complaint had been reported in Japan from the defect, Mazda said.
The Mazda3 model sold in the United States carries a different engine and is not subject to any repairs, a spokesman said. Mazda will decide how to repair the model in Europe and other markets according to safety regulations in each country, he said.
Mazda’s recall isn’t as big as Toyota’s, nor is it for as dangerous a reason. Still, it puts yet another wrench in Japanese automakers’ reputation for quality.