Mazda PH recalling 2012-15 BT-50 due to rear backseat latch issue

Updated Feb 15, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The rear seats may fold down when braking due to the defective latch.

Mazda Philippines rolled out a recall for BT-50 units with model years from 2012 to 2015 as the rear backseat latch needs to be replaced. This is the second time the company addressed the issue following the recall launched in 2017.

Mazda BT-50 front view

Second-gen Mazda BT-50

According to the Japanese marque, the rear backseat latch issue poses various problems. An abnormal noise from the backseat could be heard in certain Mazda BT-50 units. Due to its defect, there’s a possibility that the rear seats may fold down when braking. Moreover, the clearance between the child restraint and backseat will become too narrow when a rear-facing child seat is installed.

For those reasons, the company relaunched the recall as part of its commitment to customer satisfaction and safety through its Special Service Campaigns. This aims to deliver a true premium ownership experience and peace of mind to the brand’s customers.

“As a demonstration of the brand’s commitment to its customers, Mazda Motor Corporation has been continuously monitoring the safety of its vehicles even years after they were sold,” said Mazda Philippines General Manager for Customer Service and Aftersales, Ramil De Vera.

Mazda Philippines Mazda BT-50 Recall

Mazda BT-50 Recall

Owners of the concerned BT-50 units are encouraged to confirm whether their pickup truck is included in the campaign via Mazda Philippines’ official website. The company said that Specific Mazda BT-50 with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) range from MM7UP*****W118317 to 462951, and built from May 2012 to June 2015 from the Mazda AAT manufacturing plant in Thailand, are included in the campaign.

To note, the replacement of the rear black seat latch will take less than two hours and is free of charge.

“Being the exclusive distributors of Mazda vehicles in the country, Mazda Philippines, through our dealerships, has also been reaching out to the owners of the vehicles included in the Proactive Special Service Campaign so that we may assist in ensuring the safe and worry-free use of their Mazda BT-50,” added De Vera.

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Know more about Mazda BT-50 2023

Mazda BT-50

The third-generation Mazda BT-50 2022 is the latest pickup truck offering from the Japanese marque. It still remains to be a body-on-frame model, and it is based on the third-generation Isuzu D-max. 

For the Philippine market, the Mazda BT-50 for 2022 is available in three variants. These come with a price ranging from Php 1,390,000 to Php 1,858,000, with the BT-50 4x4 MT as the entry-level variant, and the BT-50 Pangolin Edition 2 4x4 AT as the top-spec variant. 

Under the hood of the BT-50 is a 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX inline-4 turbodiesel engine. At maximum, it can produce up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. Available transmissions include a six-speed automatic and a five-speed manual. For drivetrains, only the top-spec variant comes with 4x4. 

Size-wise, the new BT-50 2022 Philipines is 5,280mm long, 1,870mm wide, and 1,800mm in height. It also has a wheelbase of 3,125mm. 

Competing against the Mazda BT-50 in the Philippine market is the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Strada, Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, Maxus T60, etc. 

>>> Update Mazda Price List 2022 Philippines

₱ 1,390,000 - ₱ 1,858,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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