Mazda3 Stop Sale Ordered Due to Gas Leak, Fire Risk
Mazda stopped selling and delivering 2015 and 2016 Mazda3s built between May 21 and Aug. 24, the automaker announced Tuesday. A faulty fuel shut-off value may lead to fuel being pumped into the charcoal emissions canister, which could lead to leakage, engine stalls and possible fire.
The stop sale and recall affects 14,270 vehicles in the U.S. and 136 vehicles in Puerto Rico.
This isn’t the first gas-related recall for Mazda in recent years.
Last year, the Japanese automaker recalled the Mazda6 for the second time because of spiders being attracted to ventilation lines and making nests within them. In that case, fire was also a risk as negative pressure could crack the tank and cause leaks.
This time around, the recall looks to be a spider-free issue.
Owners of affected Mazda3s will receive mailed recall notices this month. Mazda will replace the gas tank and charcoal emissions canister on vehicles found with the defect. If a customer does not feel safe in driving their vehicle to the dealer for recall work, Mazda Roadside Assistance will be happy to pick you up. Also, a rental or loaner vehicle will be provided to customers while recall work is performed.
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