Mazda Canada is recalling nearly 16,000 units of its most popular car and second best-selling vehicle overall.
The automaker says the automatic emergency braking system in 15,746 Mazda3 sedans from the model years 2019 and 2020 might falsely detect an obstacle in front of the car while driving. As a result, the brakes might apply automatically when there is no risk of a crash.
If the system unexpectedly activates the brakes when there is no risk of a crash, there could be an increased risk of a rear-end crash.
Mazda Canada will notify owners by mail and instruct them to take their car to a dealer to update the SBS control software.
On certain cars with earlier build dates, the instrument cluster will also be reprogrammed or replaced.
Mazda will also provide these owners with an updated owner's manual that provides revised information about how to temporarily deactivate the SBS system.
The automaker sold 21,276 Mazda3 sedans in 2019. It was Mazda’s second best-selling vehicle behind only the CX-5.