Tokyo, Japan : Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T) on Thursday said it planned to recall around 640,000 vehicles globally to fix issues. One of the issues spurring the recall is a problem with the valve springs used in its diesel engines.
The Japanese automaker said it would recall around 230,000 vehicles at home and a total of around 410,000 units in overseas markets, excluding the United States, where the automaker does not sell diesel models.
Mazda’s recall comes after domestic rival Subaru Corp (7270.T) last week said it would recall 400,000 vehicles globally to fix a design flaw in the valve springs used in its engines, costs for which would eat into the automaker’s full-year profit.
Japanese automakers are dealing with a rise in quality issues ranging from faulty components to testing misconduct, which are increasing costs and raising questions about quality controls.
This will not impact U.S. Mazda owners, as the company doesn’t sell diesel models in the region. It is recalling approximately 230,000 units in Japan, and 410,000 in other regions around the world.
There have been a few Japanese car recalls in recent memory: Subaru and Toyota recalled around 400,000 vehicles due to an issue with a valve used in its engines. Toyota also announced another recall for 1 million vehicles, due to an airbag-related issue.
EARLIER : Mazda Recalls 270k U.S. Vehicles With Takata Air Bag Defect
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the automaker Mazda is recalling 269,618 vehicles, including the 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 and 2004 MPVs nationwide. The 2005-2006 MPVs are being recalled in certain states and territories.
Mazda is recalling nearly 270,000 vehicles in the United States that are equipped with a potentially deadly air bag defect, safety officials said.
Chemicals used to inflate the air bags can deteriorate in some conditions, causing them to deploy with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister that can result in flying shrapnel.
The defective Takata air bags inflators have exploded in some vehicles, sending metal pieces into the passenger cabin.
In the United States, deaths from the explosions have been reported in California, Louisiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Texas and South Carolina.
Mazda will soon begin notifying affected owners of the recall work to the front passenger-side air bag inflator.
Over the last several years, about 50 million air bag inflators have been recalled in the U.S., with 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries linked to the defect.
The defect has led to the largest recall in automotive history, affecting roughly 100 million vehicles around the world.
More than 20 deaths in Malaysia and Australia have been tied to the Takata recall, in Honda Civics, Accords, Citys and CR-Vs; Acura TLs and the 2006 Ford Ranger.
Takata has since been bought by Chinese-owned U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety System.