The following transcript of Mazda Recall No. 4607F is provided by SaferCar.gov:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE NO. 4 LEFT SIDE ENGINE MOUNT BOLT MAY LOOSEN IF A SUDDEN RAPID ACCELERATION IS REPEATEDLY PERFORMED.
IF THE VEHICLE IS CONTINUOUSLY DRIVEN UNDER SUCH CONDITION, THE NO. 4 ENGINE MOUNT BOLT MAY LOOSEN AND PULL OUT OR BREAK, ALLOWING THE TRANSMISSION TO BE OUT OF POSITION. IN EXTREME CASES, THE DRIVE SHAFT MAY BECOME DETACHED. IF THIS OCCURS THE VEHICLE WILL LOSE POWER AND WILL COME TO A STOP, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
As stated by Mazda Recall No. 4607F, “in extreme cases… the vehicle will lose power and will come to a stop”. The vehicle would not “lose control” as stated by Kevin Pugh.
This Mazda recall only affected Mazda OEM driver side engine mounts in the Mazdaspeed3. It does not affect the Mazdaspeed3 passenger side engine mount, or either of the Mazdaspeed6 side engine mounts.
This recall has no relevance to any of the SURE Motorsports Engine Mounts. SURE Motorsports took this recall into account when designing the SURE Motorsports Driver Side (“transmission”) Engine Mount.
The SURE Motorsports S3 Driver Side Engine Mount features an inverted billet aluminum bushing housing with a horizontal polyurethane stress plane and bolt sleeve, eliminating the vertical bolt that was prone to shearing, referenced in Mazda Recall No. 4607F.
There are no reports of the polyurethane in SURE Motorsports engine mounts allowing for the engine to drop to an unsafe level.
A fatigued polyurethane engine mount bushing would create a noticeable increase in noise, vibration, and harshness for the driver. While not ideal for driving, this is far from “causing you a catastrophic accident as the vehicle loses control,” as Kevin Pugh claims.