Notes: Issues with clutch failure might be giving 2010 MAZDA3 owners headaches, but the lack of support from Mazda is giving them migraines.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,000 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 022016


  • 60,000 miles


The driver's seat frame breaks resulting in the driver of the vehicle to rock backwards with the seat when the vehicle is in forward motion. The car becomes uncontrollable when the seat rocks back causing the driver to hold themselves upright trying to drive the vehicle. The seat exhibits characteristics that can only be called unsafe. This defect will ultimately result in a serious accident with injury or death. The vehicle was parked when this was first noticed. The defect with the seat frame also renders the seat belt useless and is safety hazard compounded by the seat frame breaking loose. This defect appears to happen only on the 2010 Mazda 3 model and there are many additional complaints, both here and in public forums. Mazda needs to recall for replacement of a seat frame that is built so as not to break in normal use. Why this has not happened is negligent. My local Mazda dealer gave me an estimate of $980 to repair the seat frame. The manager was not willing to negotiate the cost of the repair nor willing to discuss further.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #1

May 302012


  • 44,000 miles
The sensor for passenger air bag off starting staying on, nothing was in the passenger seat. Now the sensor thinks someone is in the seat ( when no one is in seat) and keeps flashing the buckle seat belt warning.

- Winston Salem , NC, USA

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