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Obsessively Compulsive about Safety?

A new report by the IIHS questions the safety of the Mazda 5

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Automobile manufacturers trumpet safety to market and sell cars. This is particularly true when the vehicle being sold is a minivan. Families with young children, in particular, are prime candidates. Mazda’s marketing of the Mazda5 emphasizes safety. Under the clever moniker, of “Obsessively Compulsive about Safety”, Mazda highlights several features of the vehicle claiming design and functionality are driven by safety. Not surprisingly, the Mazda5 received Consumer Reports highest recommendation. 

But a recent study by the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) places significant doubt over the accuracy and truth of Mazda’s safety claim.  Contrary to earlier reviews and Mazda’s own materials, the institute rated the overall safety of the Mazda5 as “poor” (its lowest grade).  Based on that near failing grade, Consumer Reports withdrew its recommendation.  

We are investigating whether owners of the 2014 Mazda5 may have a claim against Mazda for making safety representations that turn out to be false and misleading. If you own a Mazda5 and might be interested, contact our attorneys to learn more.

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