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Mazda Voluntarily Initiates 2010-2011 Mazda2 and Mazda3 Seat Lifter Recall

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Mazda Motor Corporation has lately been marketing itself based on the phrase “Driving Matters.”

So far, that has meant attempting to improve all manner of driving dynamics, such as installing systems like the new G-Vectoring system, where control through turns is improved through torque manipulation, all in the name of designing its vehicles with the philosophy of achieving “Jinba Ittai,” or a feeling of oneness between the driver and vehicle.


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And you know something? It can be quite difficult to feel at one with your vehicle when the seat suddenly is pitched forward.

That issue the subject of a voluntary recall that Mazda Motor Corporation initiated in early February—specifically, the recall revolves around a part called the seat height adjustment lifter.

Apparently, in certain Mazda3 and Mazda2 models, in vehicles with manual seat lifters on the driver’s side, the height adjustment lifter link may crack and break over time or the push nuts attached to it may loosen. In plain terms, that means that first there will be an annoying rattling under the seat, and eventually may lead to the seat inclining.

That would be weird to drive with.


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In the US, according to Mazda there are approximately 173,859 (which seems an oddly specific number for an approximation, but whatever) vehicles affected.

Specifically, the models with the problem seats are the 2010-2011 model year Mazda3, produced October 2008 through September 2010; the 2010-2011 model year Mazdaspeed3, produced May 2009 through September 2010; and the 2011 model year Mazda2, produced May 2010 through September 2010.

If you are unsure whether the recall applies to your particular vehicle, remember that Mazda created a recall website where you can double check (link below). Get your car fixed!

News Source: MazdaRecallInfo.com, Road ShowMazda North American Operations

  • UncleSugarAsks

    My son was driving back to school on the interstate when he heard a pop and his seat swung backwards. He managed to maintain control and luckily did not have an accident. He was obviously very shaken. Input VIN into the Mazda Recall website and was directed to make an appointment with dealership. Dealership maintains that recall is too new (2/28/17) and have not been given instructions or parts by Mazda USA. This issue is more dangerous than the recall description will have you believe. Mazda Recall #0917B.

    • OntheBrink

      we’re having the same issue, no help from Mazda since the recall is too new. Basically they say to have it fixed on my own dime and send in for a reimbursement whenever we get the paperwork officially.