2014 Mazda 3 and 2014-'15 Mazda 6 Recalled for Possible Engine Stall | Edmunds

2014 Mazda 3 and 2014-'15 Mazda 6 Recalled for Possible Engine Stall


Just the Facts:
  • Mazda is recalling approximately 5,700 2014 Mazda 3 and 2014-'15 Mazda 6 cars because charging system shutdown may cause engine stall.
  • Mazda dealers will reprogram the Power Control module with updated software to correct the problem.
  • The recall is expected to begin in late April.

WASHINGTON Mazda is recalling approximately 5,700 2014 Mazda 3 and 2014-'15 Mazda 6 cars because charging system shutdown may cause engine stall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Affected vehicles are equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and a regenerative engine braking system.

"When driving the affected vehicles in heavy rain or in deep puddles, the alternator belt may slip, causing the Power Control module (PCM) to incorrectly assume failure of the charging system," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Once the PCM assumes that the charging system has failed, the vehicle will stop charging and could result in poor acceleration, loss of steering assist and windshield wiper operation, and a possible engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash."

Jeremy Barnes, a Mazda spokesman, told Edmunds there are no reports of injuries or crashes linked to the recall. Two reports of the defect were received by the company from the U.S., according to documents filed with the federal government.

The affected Mazda 3s were built from June 12, 2013 through December 18, 2013. The affected Mazda 6s were built from May 20, 2013 through December 4, 2013.

Mazda dealers will reprogram the Power Control module with updated software to correct the problem.

The recall is expected to begin in late April. Owners can contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

Edmunds says: This recall will begin shortly. If you own one of these vehicles, get in touch with your dealer for next steps.

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