One of Australia's most popular small cars has been urgently recalled by authorities.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commision has issued the safety warning on the Mazda3 BM and BN varieties, built between 2015 and 2017.
More than 70,000 cars have been affected by the recall which is due to defective windscreen wipers that may stop working and be a significant safety hazard.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commision recall notice said the front windscreen wipers may become inoperative due to a defective relay contained within the Front Body Control Module (F-BCM).
‘Drivers may experience reduced or poor visibility while driving due to inoperative front windscreen wipers, possibly causing an accident,’ the recall notice says.
Mazda Australia says it will contact all affected customers as soon as parts become available and owners will be able to have the faulty wipers replaced at no charge.
Those who have the affected vehicles can contact Mazda Customer Support on 1800 034 411 or check Mazda's VIN look-up tool by visiting www.mazda.com.au/recalls.