Mazda is recalling certain 2009-2013 Mazda6 family cars manufactured February 4, 2008 to August 24, 2012 because the door latch mounting screws could become loose. The NHTSA campaign number is 13V-425. Approximately 161, 400 vehicles could be affected by the problem.

According to the recall report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), certain 2009-2013 Mazda6 vehicles could have door latch mounting screws that may become loose due to lack of torque during manufacturing and/or unevenness of the door shell in the latch mounting area. If all three door latch mounting screws become excessively loose the door latch mechanism may not engage the the door ajar warning light will illuminate. If the problem goes unnoticed and does not get repaired, the door could open while the vehicle is moving, increasing the risk of accident or injury.

Owners of the affected vehicle will be notified of this issue and instructed to take their vehicles to their nearest Mazda dealer to remove the door latch mounting screws on all doors, apply a thread locking adhesive, and re-tighten the screws to the specified torque. If any screws are missing, a new one will be treated with thread locking adhesive, and tightened to the specified torque.

For more information about the door latch problem contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda’s recall number is 7013I.

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