Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has notified the NHTSA about a safety defect on their Mazda CX-9 and has issued a recall for the same. This recall involves close to 8,648 units of the Crossover SUV models sold between 2020 and 2021. The issue is regarding the second row seats sliding out of position in case of a crash.

The issue has arised in those models of the 2020-2021 Mazda CX-9 which feature 60/40 split bench seats in the rear row. Mazda has found out that in case of a collision, CX-9s with this kind of bench setup have the seats sliding forward. This will lead to added tension in the seatbelt, thereby causing more injury to the passengers rather than saving them.

This issue is only an observation till now and no real world cases have been reported. Also, this issue only affects those models of the 2020-2021 Mazda CX-9 which feature full length split seats in the rear. The CX-9s with captain seats in the rear are not found to be having this problem. In case this defect occurs, there is no warning in the system either to alert the driver.

This recall will be a third for the Mazda CX-9. Earlier, close to 7800 Mazda CX-9s of the 2018 MY were called back over wiring harness issues. The wiring harness on defunct 2018 Mazda CX-9 SUVs was found to interfere with the functioning of the frontal airbag, turn signals and engine starting system. 

Another recall happened in 2019, when 150 units of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 SUV were found to have tires with poor quality rubber. Turns out that the rubber used in the tires of the prototype was accidently sent forward to be used in the production model too. This caused the tires to have lesser tire tread strength and tread separation. 

As such, it’s now three years of consecutive recalls for the Mazda CX-9. The automaker would have to clear up the air soon, so that the plans to bring in the new CX-90 in 2023 as a replacement for the CX-9 could be a success. The e-mails to the owners of the affected models will be sent out by 26th November, 2021 and the necessary replacements will be done for free.