Mazda Canada is recalling about 3,000 vehicles because their headrests can detach during a crash, increasing the risk of injury, according to a recall notice on Transport Canada’s website.
The automaker says the fabric on the driver and front passenger seatbacks might not be installed correctly on 2,945 Mazda3 sedans from the 2019 model year. This could cause it to interfere with the release button for the head restraint. As a result, the button could be stuck in the “release” position and allow the head restraint to move up and down freely. In a crash, this could allow the head restraint to detach, according to the recall notice.
Mazda Canada will notify owners by mail and instruct them to take their vehicle to a dealership to install a plastic spacer at the bottom of the head restraint lock release button.
The Mazda3 was the automaker’s top-selling vehicle in 2018 with 26,728 sold, according to the Automotive News Data Center in Detroit.
Sales of the Mazda3 were down 34 per cent during the first six months of 2019 compared with the same period last year. Through June, the automaker had sold 1,823 units.