Mazda recalls midsize cars to fix door latches

A man walks in front of Mazda's logo at its showroom in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A man walks in front of Mazda's logo at its showroom in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

DETROIT (AP) — Mazda is recalling 161,400 midsize cars in the U.S. because the doors can open while they’re being driven.

The recall affects Mazda 6 cars from the 2009 through 2013 model years. The company says the door latch mounting screws can loosen. That can stop the doors from latching. If the latches come loose, a door ajar light will warn drivers.

Mazda traced the problem to improper tightening at the factory or uneven door surfaces. The company will notify owners and dealers will put on a thread-locking adhesive and tighten the screws. The recall will start around Oct. 18. Mazda says the problem hasn’t caused any crashes or injuries.

Owners with questions can contact Mazda at (800) 222-5500.

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Additional information:

  • Defect Notice Part 573 (PDF)
  • Mazda recall number: 7013I.
  • Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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