A Mazda recall, initially issued by Mazda US last week, was thought to affect around 215,000 cars in America. The reason was said to be down to a power steering corrosion problem. A worldwide recall has since been reported which affects up to 514,000, 2007-2009 model Mazda3s and Mazda5s.
Although Mazda Australia doesn't sell the Mazda5, reports say the Mazda3 element of the recall could very well affect Australian-sold vehicles. CarAdvice contacted Mazda Australia earlier today, but we're still awaiting feedback which could include the specifics, such as model years and resolving procedures - if the recall does touch Aussie shores.
There has been three reports of the steering issue causing an accident in the US, though, no deaths or anything critical has been reported. Symptoms of the problem are said to be; a sudden loss of power steering which causes increased steering input efforts.