Update - Mazda Australia has confirmed the number of vehicles affected by the recall. See article for details
Mazda has issued a recall for 237,000 vehicles from its popular 3 hatch, 6 wagon, CX-3 and CX-5 SUV lines over concerns the tailgate struts could break.
According to the Japanese car maker, the ‘Liftgate Stay Dampers’ (struts) may experience corrosion due to salt exposure - likely a result of driving on the coast or parking near the beach.
Should the surface of the struts corrode, the external body could swell and the end-cap could split and break as the tailgate is opened.
As the struts contain pressurised gas to keep the tailgate up, there is a risk of components being dislodged and ejected when they break, posing a risk of injury to people nearby.
Affected vehicles were sold between January 25, 2008 and March 1, 2016.
Owners of the recalled Mazda vehicles will be contacted by the company’s local arm once parts become available.
Customers will be advised to present their vehicle to their local Mazda dealer for the replacement of the tailgate struts, free of charge.