TAMPA, Fla. — Mazda is recalling over 25,000 cars due to defective wheel lug nuts.
A manufacturing defect created a partial gap to exist between the hub bolts and hub flange, which can cause the lug nuts to come loose and fall off during normal use.
The worst case scenario would see a wheel flying off the car.
The recall affects Mazda 3s built at the company's Hiroshima, Japan, or Salamanca, Mexico, factories between September 25, 2018, and May 3, 2019.
The majority of the recalled cars are still on dealer lots. The automaker is asking Mazda dealers to halt deliveries of affected vehicles until repairs have been completed.
Mazda is alerting current owners of the recall by mail. They will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer who will tighten the lug nuts on all four tires for free.
Mazda reports no accidents or injuries due to the defect.