Notes: The 2009 Mazda CX-7 appears to share the same engine & A/C defects as the two previous model years: VVT/timing chain failure, turbo failure, & the A/C compressor clutch seizing. The timing chain failure is especially bad with many cars requiring an engine replacement ($9,000+).

In 2011, Mazda began a "Special Service Program" that extended the warranty to 7 years/70,000 miles covering turbocharger oil leaks & excessive timing chain noise — an early sign of timing chain failure. However coverage under the program requires perfect documentation of all required maintenance with other stipulations. Buyer beware.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,286 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Mazda CX-7 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Mazda CX-7 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 012016


  • miles


Takata recall received airbag recall in July, warning me not to use the passenger seat, as of December 13, 2016 my vehicle has not been repaired. In October, I received a second safety recall for a potentially dangerous front suspension defect, again, no parts available to repair my car. I feel that my vehicle should be made safe now or I should be given alternate transportation until it is.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009


  • miles
Takada recall my car is older (2009), I live in Texas, and my airbag light is on so I'm worried!

- Seguin, TX, USA

problem #5

May 252016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2009 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V356000 (air bags) and 16V593000 (suspension); however, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Pemdleton, IN, USA

problem #4

May 012016


  • miles


Takata recall: Recall for my vehicle was announced by Mazda in May 2016 and as of September 14, 2016 Mazda still has not provided a resolution, other than not allow passengers to ride in the front seat, I guess so only the driver would be killed during an accident. I purchased this vehicle new in 2009 and it has been located in Florida the entire time which is the high risk area. It would seem that Mazda should have a solution available by now to replace these airbags or provide an alternative for replacing the vehicle before more people are injured.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #3

May 062016


  • miles
Mazda recall #: 9516E / NHTSA recall #: 16V-356 May 25, 2016 safety risk: An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death. Mazda recall #: 9716H Aug 10, 2016 safety risk: The vehicle may experience significant loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Both are recalls that state they may result in causing the vehicle to crash or cause serious harm to the occupants in the event of a crash. Both are listed as incomplete; remedy not yet available. The manufacture should have to correct these issues asap. The second states on the form mailed to our home "until this repair is performed, do not allow passengers to ride in the front passenger seat." How is that acceptable when they are aware of the issue? thanks in advance for looking into these issues. My desired resolution is to take the vehicle asap to get them corrected.

- South Hadley, MA, USA

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problem #2

Aug 052016


  • miles
Received notice but parts not available. Contacted dealer said they had no idea when parts would be available. Contacted Mazda 90 days. Very unacceptable to not be able to use the vehicle for 90+ days

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 092015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mazda Cx-7. the contact stated that the air bag warning light flickered. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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