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From Products Liability Law Daily, September 22, 2017

Nearly 58K Mazda6 vehicles recalled due to welding process defect

By Susan Lasser, J.D.

Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) has recalled about 57,878 2015-2016 Mazda6 vehicles because debris from the welding process during manufacturing of the front passenger seat frame can damage the occupant classification system (OCS) wiring. If this wiring becomes damaged, there could be a loss of power steering assist and the deactivation of the passenger air bag, increasing the risk of a crash and the risk of injury in the event of a crash (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 17V546, Report receipt date: August 31, 2017).

Remedy. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will attach a protective pad on the seat frame. If the OCS harness is damaged, insulating tape will be applied to the harness. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 29, 2017.

Contact information. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1517H. In addition, owners can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Mazda North American Operations

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