Recall Alert on 2018 Mazda CX-5
Imagine driving down the road, getting into an accident that caused your SUV to roll over and having your airbags hang limp at the side of your vehicle rather than deploying. That’s exactly what could potentially happen to owners of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 due to a manufacturing error. The company has not received any notice of such an accident, but the potential is serious enough for the company to issue a recall for affected SUVs.
About the 2018 Mazda CX-5 recall
Approximately 680 vehicles (one production batch) are affected by the auto recall, a very small percentage of the total number sold. The recall affects the side airbags to fail when they are supposed to unfold during a crash. Side airbags are designed to prevent injuries during a rollover. Mazda began notifying owners in July of 2018 via first class mail, and dealers will replace the airbags free of charge. Owners can find out more about the recall and find a dealer near them by calling Mazda at 800-222-5500 or by checking the National Highway Transportation Safety Association website. You’ll need to have your VIN number handy.
Why it’s important to pay attention to recall notices
We’d like to think that our vehicles are always going to be dependable and that we can rely on them to keep us safe on the road. However, mistakes happen sometimes, and new technology becomes available that will improve the performance of the vehicle. That’s why it’s important to read those recall notices and not just relegate them to the “to-read-later” pile or, worse, to the trashcan. Most recalls have a time limit when the manufacturer will cease to pay for the required modification or repair.
According to a recent study by the University of Michigan, approximately 20 percent of vehicle owners routinely fail to pay attention to recall notices. With more than 50 million cars, trucks and SUVs subject to recall in 2016, the number of vehicles on the road with unfixed recall issues can be extremely high. While many repairs required in a recall are relatively minor, some could have serious consequences if not repaired, such as the airbags on some 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUVs.
All of these recall notices could make you think that vehicles are less safe than they used to be. Actually, the opposite is true. “Consumer Reports” magazine reports that there has been around 25 percent fewer accidents in recent years, thanks in large part to the more stringent recall requirements mandated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
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