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The Wheels are Falling Off of Some Mazda Cars

» Posted September 12, 2019Resources | Share This Post

Mazda has a problem: the wheels are physically coming off of some of the company’s cars in United States and the land down under.

Mazda recently announced that it is recalling some 3,000 cars in Australia because of a manufacturing defect that could cause wheels to detach. The recall covers certain 2019 Mazda3 hatchback models sold over s six-month period ending in June.

The move follows a separate recall of some 25,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of a similar problem. That recall covers Mazda3 hatchbacks and sedans produced over a seven-month stint that ended in April.

Both recalls are because of loose lug nuts that could come off of car wheels over time, according to the company. The nuts “were not fully seated” during the building of the cars, Mazda told Australian regulators.

“Wheel lug nuts may loosen and fall off during normal driving,” Mazda USA said in a notice filed with the National Highway traffic Safety Administration. “In the worst case, continuous use will lead to a wheel falling off the vehicle.”

Mazda is directly notifying owners of impacted vehicles. It wants those drivers to bring the cars in as soon as possible for inspection and repair.

“Owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Mazda dealer,” the company told NHTSA in June. “Dealers will retighten the front and wheel nuts to the correct specification. There will be no charge for this service to vehicle owners. Any repairs related to this defect in the subject vehicles would have been covered under Mazda’s new vehicle warranty program.”

How the California Lemon Law Works

This is not, unfortunately, the first time that Mazda has had to call back Mazda3 vehicles because of serious defects. The company last year recalled some 640,000 cars around the world because of a valve spring issue.

The California lemon law is designed to protect Mazda and other car owners and lessors in the Golden State.

The law requires carmakers to perform various repairs to vehicles while they are under warranty. If those repairs are not successful, the manufacturer has to buy the car back or replace it. It is up to the owner or lessor to take the money back – including the purchase price, financing charges and related expenses – or take a new vehicle.

Speak With a California Lemon Law Attorney Today

The California Lemon Law attorneys at the Bickel Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across the state. We understand the stress and frustration that can come with haggling with car manufacturers. Our attorneys work aggressively to get the people we represent the full remedies available under the law.

Our offices are conveniently located in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law attorney.


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