Crossover & Midsize

This Mazda CX-30 Recall Is for a Potential Fire Hazard

If you’re into compact crossover SUVs, it’s likely that you’ve had your eye on the 2020 Mazda CX-30. It debuted in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show. Its design is based on the fourth-generation Mazda3, which is a subcompact sedan. According to the CX-30’s program manager, Naohito Saga, the Mazda CX-30 is meant to target a younger American demographic. The Japanese vehicle manufacturer chose to name it the CX-30 in order to keep consumers from confusing it with China’s CX-4.

With a reasonable starting price of approximately $22,000, car buyers looking to purchase a crossover were anticipating the new CX-30. In a review published by Edmunds, it received a score of 7.9 out of 10. Reviewers praised it for its upscale interior, build quality, standard advanced safety features, and good handling. The only big issue some buyers might have with the Mazda CX-30 is its poor fuel economy. However, it seems the 2020 CX-30 has already hit a snag in the road, so to speak.

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 recall alert

Around 12,100 2020 all-wheel-drive Mazda CX-30s may be at risk of bursting into flames due to the evaporative vent hose being prone to disconnecting, according to Cars.com. This hose is a part of the Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) system. An EVAP system stops fuel vapors from escaping into the atmosphere from the gas tank. The fuel vapors collected by the EVAP system are subsequently stored in a charcoal canister. Activated carbon pellets in the charcoal canister absorb most of the fuel vapors, which are purged from the canister once the engine is running.

The vent control valve or solenoid regulates the flow of exterior air in and out of the charcoal canister. Fuel vapors are just as flammable as liquid gasoline, so this recall is pretty serious. Not only does this present a serious risk of fire or explosion, but the CX-30’s engine might stall, increasing the risk of an accident.

The recall involves dealers inspecting the evaporative hose located within the fuel tank to see if it’s loose or disconnected. Secondly, the charcoal canister should be replaced before reconnecting the evaporative hose.

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 has a lot to offer despite the recalls

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One of the things that makes the 2020 CX-30 stand out is how it looks. According to Car and Driver, its chunkier black-plastic body cladding and forward-canted rear window distinguish the 2020 Mazda CX-30 from its competitors.

Not only do people love how this compact crossover looks but the technology that comes standard is quite impressive. Nevertheless, the only surprising thing that is missing is an infotainment system with a touchscreen even though it features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

All 2020 Mazda CX-30 trim models are equipped with a 186-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Furthermore, every model features a smart six-speed automatic transmission that is said to choose gears “wisely.” The only complaint thus far is the occasional “stumble” experienced when the transmission shifts.

Buyers love the interior

The well-crafted interior of the Mazda CX-30 tends to make people overlook the fact that the infotainment center doesn’t feature a touch screen. As mentioned above, the CX-30 was designed based on the Mazda3, and that means its interior as well. Depending on how much one loves their music, various trims offer either an eight- or 12-speaker audio system. 

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 comes in four different trims: standard, the Select Package, the Preferred Package, and the Premium Package. None of these packages cost over $30,000 before taxes and other fees, making this one of the most affordable luxurious compact crossovers on the market. The Premium trim offers leather upholstery, a power-operated rear liftgate, and quite a few other luxury features – and for only $28,200 according to Mazda’s website.