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2019 Mazda3 hatchback recalled because its wheels could fall off…

More than 3000 2019 Mazda3 hatchbacks are being recalled because the wheel nuts “may not have been fully seated” meaning the wheels could fall off.

The 2019 Mazda3 hatchback is being recalled after it was discovered the wheel nuts weren’t tightened properly allowing them to potentially work their way loose. In a cruel twist of irony there are 3323 vehicles affected…get it? Mazda3…and Mazda 323 of yore.

Here’s what the recall notice said: “During manufacture, wheel studs may not have been fully seated. A small gap may exist between the wheel studs and the hub assembly”. Mazda has advised that continued use of the vehicle could see the wheel nuts loosen developing a knocking or clunking noise.

“The stability of the vehicle may be affected, increasing the risk of loss of vehicle control and potentially resulting in an accident injuring vehicle occupants and other road users, Mazda said.

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Mazda Australia has said it will contact all affected owners and that owners will be advised to present their vehicle to their preferred Mazda Dealer to “retension the front and rear wheel nuts at no charge”.

If you want to double-check that your vehicle is on the affected list (safe to assume that if you own a new Mazda3 hatchback then it is) click on this link.

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.