Mazda is recalling 408,782 Mazda3 vehicles worldwide for defective windshield wiper motors, 157,666 of which are in North America. According to Mazda, the motor’s “ground terminal may be bent,” a defect that could “cause a loss of the electrical ground connection, which could result in an inoperative wiper motor.”
Mazda didn’t specify the model year, but the affected vehicles were produced from January 7, 2008 to March 31, 2009. To see if your vehicle is recalled, look at the sticker in the door jam. It will tell you when your vehicle was manufactured. There have been 132 reported incidents; 29 were in Japan, 6 were in Europe, 30 were in China and the remaining 67 were in other countries or unspecified. There are no reported accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not released official documentation for the recall, but Mazda will add a ground wire to the Mazda3’s windshield wiper motor for free.
Mazda has not provided a timeline for this procedure, but if you have further questions, you can contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.safercar.gov.
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