Mazda recalling 2.2 million vehicles over tailgate defect

Japanese automaker Mazda said on Thursday it was recalling more than two million vehicles globally over a defect in their tailgates.

The recall covers about 400 000 vehicles sold in Japan and 1.8 million units exported overseas, according to a Mazda spokeswoman.

It affects six models including the popular CX-3 and CX-5 sport-utility vehicles.

No accidents or injuries have been reported over the issue – paint was improperly applied to the tailgate which could lead to corrosion.

Separately the Hiroshima-based company recalled about 117 000 vehicles in Japan due to a diesel engine defect.

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