Mazda3 Brake Defect: Do You Qualify?

Do you currently own or lease a 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022 Mazda3? Has your car ever applied the brakes out of the blue?

The automatic or smart braking systems (SBS) in Mazda 3 sedans and hatchbacks from the 2019-2022 models might be defective and can suddenly stop the vehicle without warning when there is no obstruction present.

Mazda issued a recall on more than 35,000 Mazda 3 cars from model years 2019 and 2020 due to brake issues; nevertheless, the condition might be more widespread — and Mazda may already be aware of it.

We are working with residents of certain states who own or lease a 2019-2022 Mazda 3 vehicle who have experienced sudden braking.

Do You Qualify?

If you own or lease a Mazda3 and have experienced unexplained braking, you may be eligible to participate in a class-action lawsuit investigation into the car’s smart braking system.

Late-model Mazda3 owners and lessees in the following states may qualify for a class-action lawsuit investigation into a potential brake system defect:

  • California
  • Florida
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington

If you live in one of the above states and own or lease a 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022 Mazda3 equipped with an SBS and the vehicle stopped suddenly while in traffic, you may qualify to join this Mazda brake defect class action lawsuit investigation.

If you think you qualify, please fill out this form:

Mazda3 Smart Brakes System Defect

Numerous Mazda3 owners have reported incidents in which the car’s Smart Braking System function caused them to stop suddenly while in motion according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Stopping in traffic without warning may result in a major accident that might injure the Mazda owner, passengers, and other drivers.

Some drivers have reported nearly being rear-ended after their Mazda 3 began braking automatically and coming to a complete and unexpected halt.

Some Mazda3 drivers have written in to say that their car has suddenly slowed down and nearly caused a collision while on the highway.

“The vehicle will suddenly detect the presence of another vehicle and/or sense an imminent collision and subsequently applies the automatic braking system, causing the vehicle speed to suddenly decrease,” says one Mazda3 owner in a complaint that says the SBS defect continues to place them, their passengers, other motorists, and even pedestrians “in harm’s way.”

Some Mazda 3 drivers filed claims with the NHTSA after their cars unexpectedly broke down, but Mazda can’t–or won’t—fix the issue, according to several customer complaints.

Smart Brake System Recall Affects 2019, 2020 Mazda 3 Sedans, Hatchbacks

In at least one instance, Mazda knew of a defect affecting the braking systems on its Mazda3 vehicles. In 2019, the automaker recalled more than 35,000 Mazda3 hatchbacks and sedans after 87 reports of unexpected stopping were submitted to the NHTSA.

Mazda said the unexpected braking was due to errant software programming. The automaker’s recall notice said that the software in the recalled Mazda3 vehicles “may automatically apply the [vehicle’s] brakes to prevent or reduce damage from a collision, even though no collision is imminent.”

The 35,390 Mazda owners and lessees who were notified of the recall were told that the vehicle may display a warning message or sound an alarm when the SBS defect occurred.

The recall covered 2019 and 2020 Mazda3 vehicles and there was evidence of at least one injury and one collision related to the issue, according to Consumer Reports.

Mazda3 Brake Defect Class Action Lawsuits

In 2019, Mazda3 owners lodged a class-action lawsuit against the automaker, claiming that recent models were equipped with defective smart brakes. In that lawsuit, consumers alleged that a problem with the camera caused the braking system to activate, even though there is no risk of collision.

Now, attorneys are investigating mounting consumer complaints from car owners in California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington about the braking systems in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2020 Mazda3 vehicles.

Join the Mazda Brake Defect Class Action Lawsuit Investigation

Did you experience unexpected braking while driving your Mazda 3? If so, you may be eligible to join a free class action lawsuit investigation into a possible defect in your vehicle.

You and other Mazda3 owners or lessees may be able to seek compensation for any injuries or damage you experienced.