“Incorrect programming of the SBS control software may cause the vehicle to falsely detect an obstacle in front of the vehicle while driving,” said Mazda about the problem, but the repair is extremely different depending on when the car was built. Early models will have their instrument cluster replaced altogether while later cars need a different software for the autobrake system.
The estimated number of affected vehicles is 35,390 in the United States and federalized territories, covering only the Mazda3 for the 2019 and 2020 model years. The Japanese automaker’s North American office isn’t aware of any injuries or deaths related to this defect, nor did it mention if the Mazda3 for other markets is under recall as well. The notification of owners from the U.S. and federalized territories is expected to be completed by February 17th.
Pricing for the Mazda3 starts at $21,500 in this part of the world for the four-door sedan while the five-door hatchback kicks off at $23,600 before options and destination charge. From the get-go, the entry-level trim comes with a 2.5-liter engine with 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque.
The SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission is also standard, as well as G-Vectoring Control Plus, 8.8-inch infotainment, LED headlights and running lights, mobile 911 automatic emergency notification, and the SBS over which so many cars are under recall right now. All-wheel drive adds $1,400 to the sticker price, and it’s available for every trim except for the base spec.