Approximately 14,400 model-year 2016-19 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars equipped with automatic transmissions are being recalled due to software issues. Incorrect programming of the transmission control module may cause the vehicle to unexpectedly downshift and abruptly decelerate under certain conditions, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mazda began notifying owners on March 29. Owners can call the automaker at 800-222-5500 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

To fix the problem, dealers will update the transmission control module software.

Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.