MAZDA AUSTRALIA has issued a recall for its BT-50 dual cab ute (series number: UP0YF1 and UR0YF1).
The affected dual cab BT-50 series was sold between September 19, 2011 and December 17, 2015.
According to recall report, “the end of the return spring for the rear folding seatback latch may break, causing the seat latch mechanism to malfunction”.
So, if you’ve heard a strange noise coming from the rear seats, it may be because they are not correctly locked in an upright position.
This is dangerous on two fronts. Firstly, the rear seats may fall forward when braking and injure backseat passengers.
Secondly, and more importantly, it can cause serious problems if a rearward-facing child-restraint system is installed. If the backseat moves due to it not being clicked into position, the safety of the child seat could be compromised.
This recall follows a number of recalls last week, including two by FCA Australia. The first was for 2014-2015 (KL) Jeep Cherokees due to a wiring harness fault and the second was because wheel-flare protection spats were not installed on 2014-2016 (KL) Jeep Cherokees during the assembly process.
GM Holden also issued a recall last week due to a dodgy bolt on the front seatbelt of its RG Colorado and Colorado 7s.
Owners of affected Mazda BT-50s will get a letter in the mail as soon as parts become available.
The quick fix will take place at a Mazda dealership, free of charge.