Mazda North American Operations has filed a Part 573 defect notification with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a safety defect, which exists in certain 2016 Model Year Mazda CX-5 vehicles.In a statement released on Monday, the automaker said the affected vehicles, the LED-type daytime running lights may flicker or fail to illuminate while driving.
According to Mazda, due to an inappropriate material specification of the sealing gasket attached to the LED daytime running light (DRL) wiring connector, the gasket can release sulfur which may corrode the LED circuit controlling the DRL.
“If corrosion of the circuit develops,” it explained, “the circuit may lose continuity, causing flickering and/or failure of DRL illumination. One or both front DRLs on affected vehicles could be affected by this defect.
“If one or both DRLs fail to illuminate, surrounding traffic and pedestrians may have a reduced ability to detect the affected vehicle, especially when the headlights are off in low light conditions. There is no warning proceeding or during the DLR malfunction.
Although approximately 36,761 Mazda CX-5 vehicles are affected in the U.S. and U.S. territories, 100s of such vehicles might be affected in Nigeria, a major dumping ground for US second hand vehicles.
Notwithstanding, Mazda assures that, as at the date of releasing the statement, no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this defect.
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through approximately 620 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.