We are now into the second part of this year and already there have been far more car recalls than we would have hoped. The latest is the Mazda 3 recall and affects 103,300 models in 2011, as well as the Mazdaspeed 3. The models affected are those with the year 2008-09, which both have an issue with their windshield wipers.
We are hearing that in some cases they will not work. Now some of you may think that this is not as dangerous as some of the other recalls that have taken place this year, but just imagine that you are traveling at speed on the highway and it starts to rain? What would happen if your windshield wipers would not come on, it would not be long before you find yourself in a nasty accident.
The 103,300 models affected is U.S. only, but globally the recall will affect 494,500 of these Japanese vehicles. Inside Line has learned from the NHTSA that Mazda will begin the recall on July 15, which will see the automaker fix the problem for free. To solve the issue all dealers need to do is add another ground harness on the wiper, as the current one may have been bent during installation.
OK, so we know that it is good that Mazda will resolve the issue for free, but is this really enough for drivers. Too many times have we had to put up with recalls of this nature, and we just have to go with it. The carmakers do not seem to understand that we have far more important things to do in your lives than head over to our car dealer to solve an issue due to incompetence.
It does seem that recalls of this nature is now becoming far more regular, or is it the fact that there is increased media coverage since the whole Toyota saga? When it comes to car recalls the Toyota pedal and brake issue makes others pale in comparison.
Some of the most recent recalls include a host of Chrysler models due to a steering wheel issue, an expanded Honda recall, as well as the Infiniti QX4 & Pathfinder and Ford F-150 trucks. The worrying this is, all these have happened within four months of each other. Going back to that Toyota recall that affected 12 million vehicles, the Japanese automaker recently one their case, which will certainly anger many owners. Why do you think there are more car recalls now, do you think that the likes of Honda, Toyota, GM, Ford etc are putting more importance on profit and not quality?