- Mazda is recalling 161,400 2009-'13 Mazda 6 sedans in the U.S. to fix defective door latches.
- The door latch screws can become loose and cause the doors to open while the vehicle is in motion.
- The recall is expected to begin on October 18.
WASHINGTON — Mazda is recalling 161,400 2009-'13 Mazda 6 sedans in the U.S. to fix defective door latches, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The door latch mounting screws may become loose," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If all three door latch mounting screws become excessively loose, the door latch mechanism would not engage and the door might open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of accident or injury."
The affected vehicles were built from February 4, 2008 through August 24, 2012.
Mazda dealers will remove the door latch mounting screws on all doors, apply a thread locking adhesive and retighten the screws to the specified torque. Missing screws will be replaced.
The recall is expected to begin on October 18. Owners can contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
Edmunds says: NHTSA launched an investigation in May after receiving several reports of this problem. If you own a 2009-'13 Mazda 6, you'll want to take care of the problem as soon as you receive your recall notice.