Fuel Tank Defect Causing Fire Risk Prompts Recall from Mazda

Fuel Tank Defect Causing Fire Risk Prompts Recall from Mazda
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October 12, 2015

A heightened risk of fire has resulted in a recall from Mazda North America.

The automaker is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Mazda3 vehicles. The threat is serious enough that Mazda is advising owners not to drive their vehicle until the repairs have been completed. The company will provide rental cards until that time.

The affected vehicles are equipped with a fuel tank with a shut-off valve that can allow fuel to enter into the emissions systems. If enough fuel enters the system it may leak out onto the ground or result in an engine stall. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire, while an engine that stalls increases the risk of a crash.

Mazda is recalling about 14,000 vehicles in connection with this defect.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle's fuel shut-off valve. As needed, the fuel shut-off valve and the affected fuel tank emissions system components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2015.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact the Mazda Customer Experience Center at (800) 222-5500, option number 6.