Mazda Recalls 5,700 Mazda3, Mazda6 for PCM Issue
Mazda has issued a recall affecting certain 2014 Mazda3 models manufactured between June 12, 2013 and December 18, 2013, and certain 2014 Mazda6 models manufactured from May 20, 2013 to December 4, 2013. The 5,700 vehicles, all equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and a regenerative braking system, are being recalled for an issue that may occur when these particular vehicles are driven in heavy rain or deep puddles.
Mazda Recalls: 2014 Mazda3
According to the NHTSA’s notice regarding the Mazda recalls, when these vehicles are driven in wet conditions, the alternator belt may slip and cause the Power Control module (PCM) to assume that the regenerative charging system has failed.
When the PCM assumes failure for the charging system, the vehicle will stop charging altogether. This could lead to poor acceleration, loss of steering assist and windshield wiper operation (particularly hazardous given the conditions in which this problem occurs), and engine stalling.
Mazda Recalls: 2014-2015 Mazda6
Naturally, this isn’t a minor issue by any stretch, particularly with wet conditions being very much the norm in the early months of spring, so you will want to get this taken care of immediately if you are the owner of one of these models. The recall should be underway now, with owners receiving notice from Mazda to take their vehicles to a dealership for a free software update.
Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500 (recall number 7314D) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or by visiting www.safercar.gov.