Mazda is recalling certain 2009 through 2013 model year Mazda 6 cars to fix a problem with door latch mounting screws that could come loose.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 161,400. Affected vehicles were built from February 4, 2008 through August 24, 2012.
In documentation (PDF) Mazda submitted to the NHTSA, the automaker said that “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.”
In May, NHTSA opened an investigation (PE13015) into the 2009 Mazda6 for faulty door latches after receiving four owner complaints of the problem.
Mazda said it will notify owners and dealers will apply a thread locking adhesive to the door screws and retorque them to specification. The service will be performed at no charge.
The Mazda safety recall, identified as No. 7013I, is expected to begin by October 18, 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2009 through 2013 Mazda Mazda6 cars with any questions or concerns may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V425000.