Mazda is recalling almost 200,000 cars in Australia over a defect that could result in an accident or “cause serious injury or death”.

176,048 vehicles – including Mazda3 BM and BN models and CX-3 DK models, which range in years from 2013 to 2020 – are affected.

Due to a defect, the “rear-view camera wiring harness” may become damaged and could cause the “image to become distorted or flicker”, the federal government’s Vehicle Recalls website said.

“If the rear-view camera display does not clearly display the rear-view image as intended, it could increase the risk of an accident, causing serious injury or death to any persons located behind the vehicle,” the recall reads.

Mazda is advising that when parts become available, all affected owners will be contacted in writing requesting they make an appointment at their preferred Mazda Authorised Dealership to have the work carried out free of charge.

Mazda customers can call 1800 034 411 with any questions.

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