It hasn't been a good year for Japanese auto manufacturers, with their reputations for quality taking a battering from having to issue a number of recalls. The latest to suffer is Mazda マツダ, as the headline for this Kyōdō News article from Japan Today makes evident (http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/mazda-recall-expands-to-canada-taiwan) - Mazda recall expands to Canada, Taiwan:
"Mazda Motor Corp is recalling about 104,000 cars in Canada and Taiwan over possible problems with the power steering system, in addition to its recalls already filed in the United States and China, company officials said Thursday. The total number of the Mazda3 and Mazda5 vehicles to be recalled comes to about 329,000 around the world, the officials said. Subject to the recall are model years 2007-2009 of the Japanese automaker’s mainstay export cars."
We drive a Nissan Cefiro 日産・セフィーロ. Though Nissan in March recalled more than half a million cars in several regions of the world in order to fix brake pedals and gas gauges, our vehicle hasn't been affected...yet...and cue the sound of wood being knocked on.