Mazda recalls over 759,000 vehicles; rear hatches can fall

This photo taken on Feb. 14, 2013 shows the Mazda logo on the rear of a 2013 Mazda on display at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
This photo taken on Feb. 14, 2013 shows the Mazda logo on the rear of a 2013 Mazda on display at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

DETROIT (AP) — Mazda is recalling more than 759,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because the rear hatches can fall on people and injure them.

The recall covers certain 2010 through 2013 Mazda 3 compact cars, as well as 2012 through 2015 Mazda 5 vans. Also included are certain 2013 to 2016 CX-5 and 2016 CX-3 SUVs.

Mazda says the corrosion protection coating applied to the hatch lift supports at the factory wasn’t sufficient. Over time, water containing road salt can get into the supports, causing them to corrode and break. Mazda says it has no reports of accidents or injuries caused by the problem.

Dealers will replace both lift supports. Customers will be notified in September or October about when to bring their vehicles in for repairs.

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