Earlier this month, Mazda issued a recall for its 2016 CX-5 SUV models in the US and surrounding territories. Why? Mazda says it’s due to potential failure of the model’s LED daytime lights. The defect is said to cause the lights to flicker or fail outright, hindering driver’s ability to see pedestrians or other objects on the road.
The defect, while minor, may be a concern for drivers here in SA, where increased visibility is necessary to avoid damaged stretches of road which could result in a more serious incident.
In a notification to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mazda claimed that the problem with the vehicles occurs because of the materials used for the sealing gasket, attached to the LED daytime running lights’ wiring connector. The defect is understood to cause the gasket to release sulphur which could damage and corrode the circuitry connecting the driver controls to the lights.
Drivers of this specific model are asked to take note that if failure does occur, it would do so without warning, and there would be no failure signals within the car. According to Mazda, there is no alert for this condition, which means that drivers can potentially lose daytime running light function without realizing it, leaving them more difficult to spot in poor light conditions.
No injuries or incidents that could be directly linked to this defect have been reported, and it is expected that all relevant 2016 CX-5 models will be eligible to receive new or replacement parts.
If you drive a 2016 Mazda CX-5 and are concerned that you may be directly affected by this defect, take your Mazda in for a service or call your Mazda dealership for more information.