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Mazda is recalling more than 36,761 Mazda CX-5 SUVs from the 2016 model year because the LED daytime running lights (DRLs) could fail while driving. This could impact the ability for pedestrians or nearby vehicles to see the SUV, particularly in low-light conditions when the low- or high-beam headlights aren't in use.
Mazda says that the problem may affect one or both of the DRLs on the vehicles involved in the recall. The DRLs may flicker or fail to illuminate at all.
The problem stems from incorrect specifications for a gasket that seals a wiring connector. The circuit that controls the DRLs may corrode and the light(s) could fail to receive power. Owners should note that no warning indicator will show before or during a DRL malfunction.
Owners who have already paid for a DRL repair for this problem should contact Mazda customer service to receive reimbursement for the repair cost.
A Mazda spokesperson told Consumer Reports that there haven't been any accidents associated with this problem. And even if the daytime running lights fail, low- or high-beam headlights will not be affected, she said.
This recall does not include vehicles that have halogen headlights.
Vehicles recalled: Mazda has recalled 36,761 CX-5 SUVs from the 2016 model year.
The problem: The LED DRLs on affected units had improper material used in the gasket that seals the light from water and dirt. The gasket can release sulfur, which may corrode the circuit that controls the LED, resulting in flickering and/or failure of the DRL illumination.
The fix: Dealers will inspect the vehicle and, if needed, replace the sealing gasket with a new part and apply a material to both headlights to prevent sulfur from forming on the headlight units, at no charge to the owner. In some cases the dealer may replace the entire headlight unit(s), also at no charge to the owner.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 800-222-5500, option 4. The Mazda reference number for this recall is 4320A. The mailing of owner notification letters is expected to be completed on or before March 6, 2020.
NHTSA campaign number: The NHTSA campaign number is 20V063.
Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs to be addressed.
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