By Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 04:39 BST, 18 July 2019 | Updated: 05:58 BST, 18 July 2019
One of Australia's most popular cars is being recalled for the third time in less than three months.
Urgent repairs are required for the latest-model Mazda3 amid fears a faulty software program designed to save fuel could in fact cause the car to lose power and stall without the ability to restart.
The recall also affects other current-model Mazdas built in 2018 and 2019, including the CX-5, Australia's most popular SUV, and the Mazda6, with 18,719 vehicles affected.
Urgent repairs are required for the latest-model Mazda3 (pictured is a 2019 hatch) amid fears a faulty software program designed to save fuel could in fact cause the car to lose power and stall without the ability to restart
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recall notice is the third for the Mazda3 small car since early May.
It is also the second recall notice for the fourth-generation, BP-series Mazda3 hatch and sedan since it went on sale in Australia this year.
A fault with the Power-Train Control Module software, which controls the fuel-saving cylinder deactivation function, may cause an intake value rocker arm to dislodge and interfere with other engine parts.