Mazda North American Operations is recalling 49,339 model year 2011-2013 Mazda6 vehicles sold, or ever registered in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The front cross member may corrode after exposure to road salt.
Corrosion may weaken the mounting point for the passenger side lower control arm, unexpectedly changing the steering alignment and increasing the risk of a crash.
This is an expansion of an earlier recall.
What to do
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the cross member and either install a side member and drain hose and apply wax to protect from rust, or install a drain hose and an improved front cross member free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin June 24, 2019.
Owners may contact Mazda customer service at (800) 222-5500 Option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 2818I.