Mazda is recalling almost 10,000 of its 2019 Mazda3 vehicles because the headrests may not properly lock into place. This raises the risk of injury in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The seat covers in the affected vehicles was improperly installed, which could cause the material to interfere with the head restraint lock release button. This could cause the button to get stuck in the released position. When that occurs, the restraint can be moved freely and will not lock into the vertical height adjustment at the correct position. As part of the recall, dealers will install spacers at the bottom of the lock release buttons, which will fix the problem.
According to the NHTSA, this defect could cause the head restraint to become loose and injure occupants in the vehicle. Fortunately, Mazda is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or deaths as a result of the defect.
Although this vehicle defect may seem very minor, the lack of a headrest during a major accident could cause serious injuries or death. It’s critical that vehicle owners stay on top of recalls, and if one is issued, to get the recommended repairs made quickly.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a vehicle defect, or if you suffered injuries in an accident because of a vehicle defect, you should speak with an attorney.