Mazda is dealing with its biggest-ever recall in Japan, with cars exported to some Asia-Pacific markets also requiring repair, but cars sold in Europe are not affected.


The automaker will recall 287,987 Demio and Verisa compact models, produced between June 2002 and July 2006, to repair defects affecting the clutch systems and suspension coil springs, Mazda spokeswoman Aya Takahashi told The Associated Press (AP), without providing the cost of the latest recalls.


She also told the news agency that 25,559 Demios were exported as the Mazda 2 and that the company will handle the defects of exported models in line with local regulations.


AP said 20,850 units were shipped to Australia, 1,166 to New Zealand, 1,147 to Singapore and 262 to Hong Kong.


The company’s previous record recall was for 162,405 vehicles in March 2004, the report added.


According to the Associated Press, the coil springs may have a faulty coating that may come off, allowing them to rust and eventually break while clutch system hydraulic oil could leak.


The recall affects only Japanese-made cars.


Mazda 2 models sold in Europe were built at a Ford plant in Spain. A Mazda UK spokesman told just-auto the European models were slightly different and the company had not been notified of any recalls affecting those sold in this part of the world.


“We always hear about these things in advance so we’d have been notified by now [if there was to be a recall,” he said.