161,400 Mazdas Recalled for Car Doors Opening Mid-Drive

Loose screws are behind a Mazda recall affecting a total of 161,400 of the automaker’s vehicles. Automotivenews.com reports that these loose screws can cause the doors of Mazda 6 vehicles to open while being driven.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that the latch mounting screws in the doors are the focus of the recall. If all three screws become loose, the door latch mechanism may not engage, allowing the door to swing open while the vehicle is in motion.

The recall affects Mazda 6 sedans manufactured from February 4, 2008 through August 24, 2012. The NHTSA has revealed that the problem has led to several complaints, but has not stated if any collisions or injuries have resulted.

Mazda has stated that the recall will begin on October 18, 2013. During that time, dealers will remove the door latch mounting screws on every door, apply a thread locking adhesive, and retighten the screw to the proper torque. Vehicle owners can call Mazda at (800) 222-5500 for more information on the recall.

Vehicle defects can lead to occupants being seriously injured in a wide variety of preventable accidents. These severe injuries can lead to long-lasting disabilities, economic loss and more. Companies which designed and manufactured the defective parts or assembled the vehicles can be held responsible for the losses they have caused.

To learn more about your rights as a victim of defective auto products in New Jersey, call the lawyers at Blume Forte at (973) 635-5400 and receive a no-cost consultation. The insight you gain may help you become more aware of your rights and legal options.

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