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2019 Mazda3 To Be Recalled: The Wheels May Fall Off!

Mazda is recalling more than 25,00 of its 2019 Mazda3 vehicles because the wheels could fall off in normal driving conditions. Apparently, the lug nuts that hold the wheels in place weren’t tightened well enough before leaving the manufacturer. This is according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). All four wheels are at risk.

The Problem

Mazda calls it a manufacturing error and said in a statement that owners of affected cars will be notified by August 6th. Dealers will tighten lug nuts at no cost to owners. This will fix the situation.

According to Consumer Reports, a Mazda spokesman assured them, “No field cases of wheel separation have been reported, and there have been no accidents, injuries, or deaths related to this concern.” 

Recall Details

Here are the recall details:

NHTSA campaign number: 19V425

Recalled vehicles: 25,003 Mazda3 cars built April 19 – May 3, 2019.

Issue: Loose lug nuts may cause the wheels to fall off during normal driving conditions.

Remedy: Dealers will tighten lug nuts, free of charge.

The Fix

The recall is due to begin on Aug. 6, 2019. However, owners may bring their cars in before the official recall date. Contact Mazda customer service at 800-222-5500 and reference recall number 3519F.

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