Mazda Australia has been forced to recall 13,768 examples of the new-generation Mazda3 small car over a potential issue with its autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system.
Affecting MY19 hatches and sedans sold between March 26 and December 24 last year, the possible AEB fault means objects may be incorrectly detected in front of these vehicles, which could cause them to automatically brake.
If this were to happen to these vehicles, they would inadvertently slow down and stop, increasing the risk of an accident and therefore injury to occupants and other road users.
According to Mazda Australia, it will directly contact impacted owners to arrange for their vehicles to booked in at authorised service centres for free-of-charge repairs. Specifically, a reprogramming of the AEB system’s control module is required.
Anyone that wants further information on this recall can contact Mazda Australia’s customer support team on 1800 034 411.
The new-generation Mazda3 hatch officially launched in April last year and was followed by its sedan sibling a month later.
For reference, the Mazda3 (24,939 units) was the third best-selling small hatch in the sub-$40,000 segment last year, trailing the Toyota Corolla (30,468) and Hyundai i30 (28,373) after a down year (-19.7%). It ranges in price from $24,990 to $37,990 plus on-road costs.