Mazda 3 recall over dodgy windscreen wipers

Thousands of Australian motorists will soon need to take a trip to their local Mazda dealership after the manufacturer issued a recall for its popular Mazda 3 model.

The recall states there is an issue with the windscreen wipers, which could affect visibility during bad weather conditions, impacting driver safety.

Affected models include the BM and BN Mazda 3 models sold between July 2015 and July 2017 – which is believed to be over 70,000 cars – with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Mazda Australia websites offering a full list of affected models.

This follows a larger recall in America for the same issue a few weeks ago.

The wiper issue is due to a defective relay contained within the Front Body Control Module (F-BCM), which may cause the front windscreen wipers to become inoperative.

“Drivers may experience reduced or poor visibility while driving due to inoperative front windscreen wipers, possibly causing an accident,” the manufacturer said via a statement on the ACCC website.

Affected Mazda 3 owners are urged to contact Mazda Customer Support or to check their car’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) against the recall list on the Mazda website.

Mazda Australia has stated that it will contact all affected customers once parts become available, in which they will be advised to present their vehicle to their preferred Mazda Dealership for the free replacement of the F-BCM.

This marks the third recall of Mazda models within Australia this year, with select models of RX-8 and MX-5 ranges issued recalls due to mechanical faults.

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