Mazda earlier this year joined the ranks of OEMs stressing collision repairers should conduct diagnostic scans on every vehicle.
“Every Mazda vehicle is built with new technology to keep the passengers inside safer,” Mazda wrote in a position statement Jan. 3. “Sensors, cameras, and radars are built into the car to accomplish the highest standard of safety.”
Mazda keyed the statement off of “sensors, cameras, or radars” but didn’t rule out vehicles built prior to some of the modern advanced driver assistance systems like autobraking or lane-keeping one typically associates with such technology. (After all, automotive sensors date back decades.)
“As OE manufacturers become more technologically advanced, Mazda North American Operations recommends that all vehicles being repaired for collision damage be scanned before and after the repair,” Mazda wrote. “Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) will be stored if any of the sensors, cameras, or radars were damaged in the collision.”
Repairers and insurers who protest that the word “all” somehow isn’t specific enough (see Nissan make fun of that argument here) and attempt to just guess what Mazda model years and trims need scans should take into account some of the following points. We don’t know the correlation between the technology mentioned, MIL lights and DTCs on Mazdas, but this ought to be some food for thought:
- CCC reports average repairable vehicle in 2017 was 5.9 years old, which translates to the 2011-12 model year. The average totaled vehicle was 9.64 years old, which works out to the 2007-08 model year. The average car on the road was 11.6 years old, according to IHS Markit. That only takes us back to the 2005-06 model year.
- Every vehicle needed to have a tire-pressure monitoring system by 2008.
- Subaru demands scans back to 2004, and Mazda’s fellow Japanese OEMs Honda and Infiniti want scans done on everything dating back to at least the 1996 model year. (Vehicles needed to comply with OBD-II effective Jan. 1, 1996.)
- Airbags were first mandated on all cars since the 1998 model year and everything else since 1999, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Advanced airbags — the ones which are “smart” enough to avoid deploying when a kid is in the front seat — first appeared in the 2004 model year and were phased in between calendar years 2003-06.
- Electronic stability control dates back to at least the 2005 model year on one Mazda — and it was mandated on all Mazdas by the 2012 model year. Mazda appears to have begun including it standard on some models starting with the 2007 model year. The NHTSA expected 71 percent of all vehicles on the road to have had ESC by 2011.
Mazda also in the January statement reiterated its position on OEM parts from 2011 and directed shops to its repair procedures.
“Mazda North American Operations also recommends that only Mazda Genuine Parts be used when repairing the vehicle. Information on proper repair procedures, scanning and reprograming are available via www.oem1stop.com to ensure that the vehicle is repaired correctly,” Mazda wrote.
For more on Mazda’s views on collision repair, see this 2017 PPG MVP 2017 Conference video:
Mazda, Jan. 3, 2018
PPG MVP Business Solutions YouTube channel, May 31, 2017
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is shown. (Provided by Mazda)
Mazda earlier this year joined the ranks of OEMs stressing that collision repairers should conduct diagnostic scans on every vehicle. “Every Mazda vehicle is built with new technology to keep the passengers inside safer,” Mazda wrote in a position statement Jan. 3. “Sensors, cameras, and radars are built into the car to accomplish the highest standard of safety.” (Provided by Mazda)