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Current Mazda6 recalled, 9356 cars affected

Charging issue: Mazda says it has no record of Australian versions of the current Mazda6 having issues with its Powertrain Control Module, but has issued a recall nonetheless.

Mazda orders software update for 9356 recalled current-generation Mazda6 models

Mazda logo14 Apr 2014

MAZDA Australia has issued a recall on 9356 Japanese-made current-generation GJ Mazda6 sedan and wagon models with both petrol and diesel engines over a possible battery fault.

The recall affects models sold between November 29, 2012 and April 7 this year, though about 1200 of these are undelivered models with dealerships and not in customer hands.

In a release on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website, Mazda said an issue with the Powertrain Control Module could result in an engine stall. A software upgrade has been ordered for all affected vehicles.

“On certain Mazda6 (GJ) vehicles, the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) may function incorrectly, ceasing to charge the battery,” it said.

“This will illuminate the 'Charging system warning light' and the message 'Charging System Malfunction' will be displayed on the instrument panel.

“If the driver continues to operate the vehicle in this condition, this will result in battery drain, loss of essential functions, and eventually result in the engine stalling.” Mazda Australia says there have no recorded instances of this occurring here.

The company also says the issue is not related to its fuel-saving i-Eloop brake energy regeneration system, which was behind a recall of 1531 Australian market GJ Mazda6s in Match 2013, shortly after its December 2012 launch.

The VIN range of affected vehicles is JM0GJ103100100010 to JM0GJ103100129868 Mazda Australia will contact all affected consumers by mail, advising them of the next steps. Consumers who require further information should contact Mazda Customer Support on 1800 034 411.

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