Mazda issues safety campaign on BT-50 vehicles due to faulty rear seat latch

Mazda Philippines is reaching out to owners of 2012 - 2015 BT-50 pick-up trucks to visit the nearest dealership; their vehicles might be part of an ongoing recall.

According to the announcement, Mazda is currently conducting a Proactive Special Service Campaign that will replace the rear backseat latch of vehicles. The campaign was first initiated by Mazda Motor Corporation in 2017 to address a malfunction of the lock mechanism that holds the previous generation BT-50’s backseat in the upright and locked position.

Aside from the abnormal noise from the backseat of certain units, there’s a possibility that the backseat may also fall down under braking. Furthermore, the clearance between the child restraint and backseat will become too narrow when a rear-facing child seat is installed.

Specific Mazda BT-50 pickups with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) range from MM7UP*****W118317 to 462951 and built from May 2012 to June 2015 from the Mazda AAT manufacturing plant in Thailand, are included in this campaign. Owners of the previous-generation BT-50 within this VIN range are advised to confirm whether their vehicles are part of the campaign.

Mazda PH recalls 2012-15 BT-50 for seat issue image

Affected owners may book an appointment with their preferred dealer via the Mazda Special Service Campaign website. Customers may also contact any of the 15 authorized Mazda dealerships to check if their vehicle is part of the recall and schedule an appointment at the same time. The part replacement will take less than two hours to perform and will be free of charge.

“As a demonstration of the brand’s commitment to its customers, Mazda Motor Corporation has been continuously monitoring the safety of its vehicles even years after they were sold. Being the exclusive distributors of Mazda vehicles in the country, Mazda Philippines, through our dealerships, has also been reaching out to the owners of the vehicles included in this Proactive Special Service Campaign so that we may assist in ensuring the safe and worry-free use of their Mazda BT-50,” said Ramil De Vera, General Manager for Customer Service and Aftersales of Mazda Philippines.

Interestingly, Ford has yet to issue a recall on Rangers built during the same model years. We mentioned this because the previous generation BT-50 used to be based on the T6 Ranger. Both vehicles used to be built in the same plant in Thailand as well.

If you think your BT-50 is included in the safety campaign, immediately contact your nearest Mazda dealership to get it checked.