Last week we published a report from the Japanese Ministry of Land Transport (MLIT) based on a recall involving Mazda for a defective rear damper stay on some of their most popular models.

We were contacted by none other than Steven Tan, the chief executive of Berjaya Auto Philippines, the distributor of Mazda in the country. He relayed to AutoIndustriya a thorough and official clarification regarding the recall.

“None of the CX-3 [units] in the country [are] affected by the recall,” said Tan. “All cars built after Dec 2015 are not included.”

The Mazda CX-3 is a compact crossover that Mazda Philippines is about to launch; one of the most anticipated and major debuts at the upcoming Philippine International Motor Show.

“[The] nature of the recall is the damper stay that may corrode over time, and cause the damper to fail,” continued Tan. “[The] likelihood of corrosion is higher in countries of high salt exposure.”

The MLIT notice specified that only models built between December 2007 and December 2015 are affected by a fault that could see their rear damper stays (the component that holds up the tailgate in the open position) corrode and possibly fail.

The process takes time, and according to the president of Mazda Philippines, is only likely in locations where there is a significant presence of salt, like when it is used to dissolve snow and ice on the road during wintertime.

With the local Mazda CX-3 cleared from the recall, we asked about the other models that were mentioned by MLIT, and Steven Tan said that there are cars that will be affected. The recall does involve 8 years' worth of models.

Mazda3 Hatchback

“Affected units in Philippines include CX-5, Mazda3 hatchbacks and Mazda6 Wagon,” said the President of Mazda Philippines. “Those affected units are relatively new, as the CX-5 [was] introduced in 2012, the Mazda3 in mid-2014, and the Mazda6 wagon in 2015. And vehicle is Philippines are less exposed to salt.”

We asked if the ambient salt present in the air at seaside locations or coastal roads would present a problem, given the presence of saltwater nearby.

“Yes, location will higher salt in the air may hasten corrosion. Although none has been reported,” clarified Tan. asked if there is a need to inspect vehicles for corrosion. Mazda Philippines's Steven Tan said that there is no need to do so.

“Inspection is unnecessary. Mazda Japan is gathering the data on vehicles identification number VIN, and will inform BAP as soon as they can. All efforts are made to provide the information to us ASAP, and we will begin to notify the dealers and they in turn with notify the customers,” said Tan.

“Important to emphasize that the Mazda in the country that are affected are fairly new. The corrosion, if it happens, takes years. No incidents involving a Mazda has been reported globally. This is a precautionary recall.”

“All rear dampers on vehicle affected with VIN from Japan will be replaced as soon as Mazda Japan can secure the necessary parts. Priority will go to older cars,” concluded Steven Tan, president of Berjaya Auto Philippines.