JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mazda is recalling 25,003 of its 2019 Mazda3 cars because the lug nuts that hold the wheels in place may not have been tightened enough at the factory, raising the potential for the wheels to fall off in normal driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This condition could affect all four wheels, NHTSA says.
The issue was caused by a manufacturing error, Mazda said in a statement Friday. Affected owners will be notified by Aug. 6, and dealers will tighten the lug nuts to fix the situation.
A Mazda spokesman told CR in an email, “No field cases of wheel separation have been reported, and there have been no accidents, injuries, or deaths related to this concern.”
Vehicles involved: 25,003 Mazda3 cars built from April 19, 2019, through May 3, 2019.
The problem: Lug nuts may loosen and fall off during normal driving. That could lead to wheels falling off the car.
The fix: Dealers will tighten lug nuts at no charge to owners.
How to contact the manufacturer: The recall is expected to begin on or before Aug. 6, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 800-222-5500. Mazda’s number for this recall is 3519F.
NHTSA campaign number: 19V425
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