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Recall for Mazda6

Left: Production shot from the Mazda6 engine assembly plant.

Possible piston pin fault causes Mazda to recall more than 1800 Sixes

11 Aug 2011

MAZDA Australia has recalled 1821 early-build examples of its second generation Mazda6 model due to a possible piston fault.

The notice placed on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website states that one of the circular clips that holds the piston pins within the pistons may have been incorrectly installed.

“If the clips fail during use, this may result in the piston pin sliding out of position and contacting the cylinder wall.

“The resultant damage could cause the engine to stall (if this should occur, the engine will not restart). In a worst case scenario, engine parts (conrods) may crack the oil pan on the bottom of the engine or the cylinder block.”

The national recall affects 2.5-litre petrol-powered vehicles built between January 8, 2008 and February 12, 2008.

The campaign covers the vehicle identification number (VIN) range from JM0GH105100100948 to JM0GH105100105500.

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail, and are advised to contact their local dealer for replacement of the piston and connecting rod assemblies with revised ones.

Sales of the Mazda mid-sizer are down 34.3 per cent year-on-year, with its annual share of the medium segment dropping from 13.6 per cent at the end of July 2010 to 10 per cent at the same time this year.

The medium segment is down 10.6 per cent overall so far this year, compared to an eight per cent drop in overall passenger car sales year-to-date.

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