Mazda has recalled 100,000 vehicles from the 2014-2015 model years due to a low-tire pressure sensor might be flawed, or entirely ineffective. The impacted vehicles are Mazda 6 sedans that have the 2014 and 2015 model year stickers on them, and the release from Mazda came after the automaker self-regulated under federal regulations which require a tire pressure monitoring system to alert drivers if any tire loses a significant amount of pressure. The required loss must meet, or exceed 25% of the tires total volume, in order for the gauge to be triggered.
The issue at the heart of the matter seems to evolve around the fact that some Mazda 6 sedans that were tested did not alert drivers that a loss had occurred when all four tires lost pressure. The system then illuminates on the driver’s side portion of the dash and notifies them that the loss is occurring. That ultimately gives drivers the adequate time to reach a solution before the entire tire fails.
For roughly six years, or since 2008 automakers have been required to put these pressure monitoring systems in vehicles. The rule specifically was a part of the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability and Documentation Act of 2000. Essentially, this protects against motorists who don’t check or fail to check tire pressure, which is crucial, and according to the report “increases the likelihood of many different types of crashes.”
This though isn’t the first recall for the Mazda 6 sedan. Earlier in the year, the automaker was a part of a rather odd recall, when the company recalled some 42,000 Mazda 6 sedans due to a fire risk that was associated with yellow sac spiders. Both issues are relatively tame recalls, but none the less have created a lot more conversation around the continue problem that is the constant barrage of auto recalls.
That being said, whether it’s a tire pressure sensor, yellow sac spiders or anything else – Mazda has definitely seen a spike in recalls and a growth in frequency of recalls. This is something that the company will definitely have to work with moving forward, and heading into a new year – fixing the issues that will clearly carry over from 2015.