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Mazda parking brake failure prompts a recall

Some Kentucky motorists may want to pay closer attention to where they park after learning about a large Mazda recall. It involves 227,000 vehicles that are at risk of manual parking brake failure.

Mazda responded to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration findings that the parking brake on both Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 models had failed in some instances. The manual brake mechanism did not form a proper seal and was admitting water into the mechanism. This resulted in corrosion that could decrease brake performance and cause problems with driving. The issue was widespread enough to risk defective product claims against the company.

The recall effects 2014 and 2016 Mazda 3 and 2014 and 2015 Mazda 6 models. The defective auto part brake systems will be repaired free of charge by dealerships. Formal notification of the product recall to dealers is not expected until Aug. 7, 2017. Owners will receive notification two weeks after this.

A manual parking brake issue is unlikely to cause much of a stir among Kentucky drivers on its own, but this and other innocuous types of automobile design defect can result in property damage, consumer injury and death. Voluntary recalls present a benefit to those who suffer damages in that they have a better understanding of the cause and where, how and from who to seek compensation. Those who have been injured in an accident and suspect a defective product might have been the cause may want to meet with an attorney who has experience with these types of matters.

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