Models listed in the recall include the 121 DB10 sedan and hatch, 323 BG10 sedan and hatch, 323 BA10 sedan and hatch, 626 GE10 and GE20L2, Eunos 30X EC108 hatch, MPV LV10E wagon, 929 HD10E sedan and the 929 HE10E1.
The recall, which forms part of a wider action affecting millions worldwide - including nearly 1.4 million in the US - centres on a potential electrical fault that could result from an excessive application of grease to the contact points inside the ignition.
“The grease may carbonise due to heat from the electric arc generated during switch operation. The carbonised grease may accumulate between the electrical contacts (moving contact and fixed contact), reducing the electrical insulation performance inside the switch,” the recall notice states.
In the event of carbonisation, which means a hardening of the grease, the risk of smoke appears, potentially leading to a fire in worst-case situations.
Speaking with CarAdvice today, a Mazda Australia spokesperson said that although the recall affects around 60,000 vehicles, “some of the cars in question are getting old and we are still to ascertain whether all known cars are still registered and on the road”.
The company has confirmed it will contact affected owners, however those concerned can also contact the Mazda Customer Service line at 1800 034 411.
The VIN ranges of affected models include:
JM0DB103100100014 - JM0DB103100122900
JM0DB103200100008 - JM0DB103200118472
JM0DB103300100002 - JM0DB103300110176
JM0DB105200100006 - JM0DB105200118471
JM0DB105300100003 - JM0DB105300105512
JM0DW103100100014 - JM0DW103100118855
JM0DW105100100012 - JM0DW103100118857
JM0BG106100100033 - JM0BG106100133761
JM0BG106200100019 - JM0BG106200171496
JM0BG10P100100030 - JM0BG10P100133892
JM0BG10P200100014 - JM0BG10P200159809
JM0BA116100101450 - JM0BA116100120023
JM0BA116200100009 - JM0BA116200113550
JM0BA116300200065 - JM0BA116300239483
JM0BA11F100100032 - JM0BA11F100120000
JM0BA11F200100091 - JM0BA11F200112249
JM0BA11F300200703 - JM0BA11F300239109
JM0BA11P100100042 - JM0BA11P100120027
JM0BA11P200100008 - JM0BA11P200113576
JM0BA11P300200066 - JM0BA11P300239528
JM0GE10L100128392 - JM0GE10L100144132
JM0GE10L200100032 - JM0GE10L200115398
JM0GE10S100128473 - JM0GE10S100144129
JM0GE10S200104844 - JM0GE10S200115400
JM0GE20L200104864 - JM0GE20L200115528
JM0EC108100100562 - JM0EC108100100708
JM0EC108200100995 - JM0EC108100102554
JM0LV10E100100534 - JM0LV10E100101829
JM0LV10E200101367 - JM0LV10E100102566
JM0HD10E100104994 - JM0HD10E100110265
JM0HD10E200100006 - JM0HD10E100100728
JM0HE10E100100012 - JM0HE10E100100278