Mazda is a reputable Japanese manufacturer that was formerly partnered with Ford Motors, but since 2011, has branched off and entered a long-term partnership with Toyota. Mazda and Toyota are working together to supply fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel engines with new technology in exchange for fuel cell systems that use hydrogen. Recently, Mazda mass-produced its first all electric car, called the MX-30. Mazda cars are known for their reasonable prices, durability, and sleek look. Mazda has also been working on new technology and innovations that will make their vehicles more environmentally friendly. These new innovations include the Bio-Car and the SkyActiv technology.
Recalls & Issues
Certain manufacturers have more defects and recalls than others. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes manufacturers multiple tries to fix a problem that arises in manufacturing.
This is the case for the Mazda L-series engines, which were designed in a way that led to variable valve timing defects. These defects could cause oil leaks, engine failure, excessive tailpipe smoke, and other issues with the loose timing chains.
In the 2007-2011 Mazda CX-7 models, the company earned a reputation for having all sorts of defects that arose from the variable valve timing issue. In 2014, the company was sued over refusing to honor its extended warranty on the variable valve timing components. The repairs that many consumers had to get on these models ended up costing an average of $3,000 per vehicle.
Unfortunately, even reputable and dependable car brands, such as Mazda, have issues despite their popularity. If you have bought or leased a Mazda that has defects, it may be a lemon and be covered by California Lemon Law. Here at Kaufman & Kavicky, LLP, we have attorneys who are well-equipped to help consumers who have purchased lemon cars. If you would like to find out more about your rights and your options, contact our office today.