Mazda Calls Back Some 230,000 Vehicles Over Faulty Rearview Cameras
Add Mazda to the list of major automakers calling back cars over malfunctioning rearview cameras.
The Japanese car manufacturer is recalling nearly 230,000 vehicles, Mazda recently told federal regulators in the U.S. A defect could cause rearview cameras to become distorted, according to the company.
“On certain vehicles equipped with a hatchback, the rearview camera may display a distorted or flickering image,” Mazda said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “A distorted or flickering rearview camera image while reversing could affect driver judgment, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The recall covers Mazda CX-3 small crossovers for 2016 to 2021 and 2014-2018 Mazda3 hatchbacks. The automaker is blaming a design flaw for the snafu.
“Due to improper design of the rearview camera wiring harness fastener, the harness may become damaged from vibrations during normal vehicle use and/or while closing the liftgate,” Mazda said in the NHTSA filing. “Subsequently, the connector pins wear out, causing high electrical resistance. This results in image distortion or flickering.”
The company plans to notify owners of recalled cars via mail by mid-September. It will ask owners to bring their vehicles to local dealers for inspection and repair.
The recall follows similar moves by several other major auto manufacturers.
Jaguar, for example, recently called back some 3,100 XE sedans. The company said rearview cameras may not display an image, creating a safety hazard.
In August, Ford said it was recalling 19,000 Super Duty pickup trucks because camera displays may not properly function in some 2023 trucks equipped with a Pro Trailer Hitch Assist feature.
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