Mazda Australia has issued recalls of its Mazda6 sedans and wagons, after a potential fire hazard was identified in the cars’ electrical converter system.
The component is a “plug and play” unit, the company told News Limited. It is part of the i-ELOOP system, unveiled late-2012, which harnesses energy used when the car is coasting or braking for use in its electrical system.
“A component inside the DC/DC converter (located under the front passenger seat) may be faulty” the recall notice reads.
Two cars have caught fire at dealerships – one here and one in Europe – reports Fairfax Media, with 15,000 cars globally and 1,500 in Australia affected by the recall.
Mazda will be contacting customers and offering replacement vehicles while the component is fixed, a repair which would only take an hour.
"As we fix each customer's car we will pick up the vehicle and arrange some form of alternative transport for the day, be that a rental vehicle or a Mazda loan car," Steve Maciver from Mazda Australia told News Limited.
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