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Mazda recalling Mazda6, Mazda3 over faulty parking brake

The recall covers more than 227,000 vehicles.

Mazda is recalling over a quarter-million vehicles to address a faulty parking brake design. The recall covers the company's Mazda3 and Mazda6 vehicle lines.

According to the recall, the faulty parking brake can either drag when the car is driving or slip when the vehicle is parked. The recall covers Mazda3 vehicle from the 2014 and 2016 model year and the Mazda6 from the 2014-2015 model years. In all 227,814 vehicles are covered by the recall.

Mazda says the faulty parking brake design allows water to seep into a vehicle's brake caliper. The brake part was manufactured by Akebono Brake Industries Co.

According to Automotive News, Mazda first became aware of the brake issue in 2015 when a customer in Canada complained about the brake dragging while driving. In 2016 a customer in Germany reported a crash after the parking brake in a Mazda6 failed and the vehicle rolled away.

So far there have been 13 reports linked to the defect in the United States. No injuries have been reported.

Mazda dealers will remedy the problem by either replacing the parking brake actuators shafts or applying a protective boot kit, depending on the condition of the brake. The recall is set to begin on August 21.

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