Fire Risk Prompts Mazda to Recall Nearly 70,000 RX-8 Vehicles

deteriorated fuel pump seals may leak fuel, which can increase the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source

2008 Mazda RX-8 coupe
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November 16, 2016

Mazda North America Operations is recalling an estimated 69,447 model year 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles.

The affected vehicles have fuel pump sealing rings that may deteriorate due to exposure to heat from the engine or exhaust pipe. The deteriorated seals may leak fuel, which, in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.

The Mazda RX-8 vehicles impacted by this recall were all manufactured between April 10, 2003 and February 18, 2008.

Mazda says that the necessary parts to remedy this issue are not yet available. Mazda will notify owners of the recalled vehicles, and will then send a second notice when remedy parts are available. Once parts are available, local Mazda dealers will replace the fuel pump sealing ring set and add a thermal insulation pad to the fuel tank, free of charge.

Mazda has not yet announced a specific notification schedule for this recall. Owners with additional questions can contact Mazda customer service at (800) 222-5500.

Mazda's reference number for this recall is 0516J.

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