Mazda New Zealand has announced a recall for vehicles including those sold new in New Zealand and imported as used vehicles from Japan; for a possible quality issue with the ignition switch.
This announcement follows an internal investigation whereby some models produced during a period between April 1988 and December 2005 were found to have excess grease applied on the touch points inside the ignition switch. The carbonisation of this excess grease when the switch is operated and prolonged use causes deterioration of the insulation properties and has the potential to generate heat and smoke, and in the worst case, a fire.
Mazda Motor Corporation is only aware of 13 such cases caused through the ignition switch malfunction although there have been no reports of injury. No instances of fire have been reported in New Zealand.
A summary of the vehicles subject to this recall in New Zealand is shown below:
New Zealand New Vehicles (first registered in New Zealand):
Model Series / Production Period
Mazda2 (DW) 323 (BG/BH/BA) 626 (GE)
Aug 1996 - Nov 2002 Jan 1989 - Aug 2000 Sep 1992 - Jun 1997
929(HD) 121(DB) MPV (LV)
Sep 1992 - May 2000 Sep 1990 - Nov 1998 Apr 1988 - May 1999
Japanese Used Imported Vehicles (first registered in Japan):
Sep 1992 - Dec 1992 Sep 1992 -Jan 1998 Jul 1994 - May 1997 Sep 1992 - Aug 1995 Oct 1995 - Aug 2000 Apr 1991 - Dec 1997 Aug 1990 - Sep 1998
Owners of all affected vehicles, who have been identified through motor registration data, will be contacted at the earliest opportunity to arrange for the repair to be completed through their nearest Mazda Dealership, with Mazda New Zealand covering all costs.
In the event that owners of affected vehicles observe smoke or abnormal heat around the ignition switch when the engine starts, see your nearest Mazda Dealership or contact our national call centre on 0800 800 626 immediately.