Nearly 100,000 Mazda6 sedans are being recalled for an issue with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) because it may not warn of a loss of air pressure in certain situations. Underinflated tires can influence a car’s handling and braking performance, and could rupture causing a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first notified Mazda of the problem in September, after NHTSA performed a new test to measure TPMS effectiveness.
The Problem: If all four tires on affected vehicles experience gradual air pressure drops at the same time, the TPMS may not warn the driver of the loss of air pressure. An underinflated tire could fail, increasing the risk of a crash. The TPMS thus does not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements, which state that the system must alert the driver to a flat tire after 20 minutes of driving if any tire is more than 25 percent below the manufacturer’s rated cold inflation pressure.
The Fix: Beginning December 5, 2014, Mazda will notify owners to bring their vehicles into a dealer to have the TPMS software updated. Owners can contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 99,711 2014-2015 Mazda6 sedans manufactured October 25, 2012, to October 10, 2014 in Hofu, Japan, are affected by the recall.