A total of 9000 examples of the latest generation Mazda 6 are being recalled due to a system malfunction that may prevent the car’s battery from charging and eventually lead to the car stalling.
“The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) may function incorrectly, ceasing to charge the battery,” the recall notification posted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's recalls.gov.au website reads.
“This will illuminate the 'Charging system warning light' and the message 'Charging System Malfunction' will be displayed on the instrument panel. If the driver continues to operate the vehicle in this condition, this will result in battery drain, loss of essential functions, and eventually result in the engine stalling.”
All Mazda 6 models sold since the car's November 2012 launch and the present day are being recalled, though Mazda Australia says owners will simply need to take their car to a Mazda authorised service centre to complete a software re-flash.
The fault is apparently not directly linked to the innovative i-ELOOP system featured on all Mazda 6 models, which uses a capacitor to briefly store braking energy to power the electrics.
It is, however, the second time in a year the Mazda 6 has been recalled locally. In March 2013, 1531 examples of the 6 that had been sold at that point required a replacement DC/DC converter installed under the passenger seat. The replacement was due to concerns the original converter may overheat and lead to fire.
Mazda 6 owners with further enquiries should contact Mazda Customer Support on 1800 034 411 for assistance.