This is a message that was sent to the MX-3 and Mazda mailing lists on 02/06/98.
Subject: MX-3 Recall
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 1998 12:14:21 -0500
From: Joe Farrell
To: MX-3 Mailing List
CC: Mazda Mailing List
My driver side automatic seat belt has frozen up twice. One time I bought a used part and replaced it ($150 US) and
the second time I talked w/ Mazda Great Lakes and they replaced it for the cost of warranty labor (approx.
[Factory cost to replace auto seat belt = ~$600.00 US at Fischer Mazda in Troy, MI]
Recently my passenger side seat belt has frozen up in middle track. I called Mazda Great Lakes again. The first
gentleman I spoke w/ said "No, we cannot replace it when the vehicle has that many miles (140k)." hen asked what
the miles on a car had to do with a safety device, he had no answer other than "No. No replacement this time." I
politely asked to speak with his superior, and got her phone number.
After a few phone calls back and forth, she just told me that there will be a recall on the seat belts in the MX-3.
Does this mean that they are going to finally replace those hazard-creating-automatic belts with some manual,
over-the-shoulder strap-ins? God I hope so. She did say that the new belt(s) will be warranted for 12 years.
I guess you might call this one of those special "bitch" recalls. Bitch enough, get a recall. She &
Mazda probably did not know that there are tight knit groups of MX-3 owners on the net who can spread info faster
than they can. :-) And if this is her way of smoothing out a problem between my complaint and fixing the problem,
then she's got a lot more to deal with now than I'm sure she imagined.
Mazda Great Lakes: 800-222-5500
1st person spoken with: Don
Manager: Barb Abrams
Seems this page is very popular lately.
After bringing my MX-3 into Fischer Mazda in Troy, Michigan, I was phoned shortly after leaving the dealer and told
that there was no recall on the MX-3 seatbelts.
However, after again calling Barb at Mazda Great Lakes to find out why there was no recall, she reminded me of a
specific person I was supposed to speak with at Fischer Mazda. Barb said she would make a phone call to Fischer and
straighten the situation out regarding the seat belt recall, because in fact the seat belt recall had not yet been
Yes, there truly will be a recall on the MX-3 seat belts although as of today it has not been publicized yet. You
will probably receive notification by mail.
A 'Thank You' goes to Barb who researched my problem and found a solution.
April 15, 1998
My seat belt WAS replaced about a month ago by Fischer Mazda, as promised.
August 14, 1998
Update Concerning Seatbelt Recall
This is a message that was sent to the Mazda MX-3 Mailing Lists on 08/14/98.
Subject: MX-3 Seatbelt Recall
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 1998 08:31:36 -0700
To: MX-3 Mailing List
Hi to all,
I just found the time to make an appointment to call my Mazda dealer to get my passive-restraint seatbelts fixed.
I ran into a slight problem, getting a few different stories from different people.
I made the appointment a few days ago with one of the guys in the service department, who checked my vehicle ID
number to check if there were any active recalls.
When I brought it in this morning to get it fixed, the service manager refused to do the work unless the seatbelt
was actually nonfunctional. This really pissed me off, but he said that Mazda gave him explicit instructions to fix
the seatbelt only if it isn't working. He said Mazda called it a "discretionary recall".
I thought this sounded stupid, since recalls are made to fix problems BEFORE they happen instead of AFTER they
happen. There wasn't anybody I could speak to above him except Mazda itself.
Since he said he was only following orders and he was the main service manager, I decided to call Mazda directly
with the (800) number provided by the wonderful folks on this list.
Here it is again, in case some of you new list members don't have it: (800)222-5500
I talked to a gentleman named Rob, and his explanation made the most sense. The recall that was made in March 1998
on the seatbelts was done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), not by Mazda. That's why
nobody has received a notice yet to bring their car in.
Since the NHTSA made the recall, Mazda has been working on fixing the problem and using different parts. If the
same parts are used, the same problem will occur with the seatbelts. None of the dealers have the new parts yet.
Rob said that we should expect to receive a recall notice from Mazda directly by the end of August or beginning of
To make sure you get the notice, just check with the (800) number and make sure they have your latest mailing
address. Hope this informative post helps those who were wondering about the seatbelt recall on our MX-3s and