Mazda is recalling nearly 49,000 Mazda6 sedans in the US due to a corrosion issue that could result in loss of steering input.
No indication has been given by Mazda Canada about recalling the midsize sedans here, but the US has issued notices to owners of 2009-10 Mazda6 models (48,814 in total) mostly in states that regularly use salt on their roads for winter safety — Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and District of Columbia.
The problem lies in front cross members that could corrode over time because they were not properly coated with paint. Over time, this could lead to degradation of the mounting point on the passenger side lower control arm, causing the steering alignment to change.
A sudden jolt, such as hitting a pothole at higher speeds could then result in breakage of the cross member and impact steering control, increasing the risk of a crash (though Mazda is not aware of any incidents related to the issue).
Owners will be notified, though the company has not yet decided on a course of action to remedy the situation.