Mazda3 Stop Sale Ordered Due to Gas Leak, Fire Risk

Mark Stevenson
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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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  • Bludragon Bludragon on Oct 06, 2015

    Seems like they are being good and pro-active about this. A little painful to Mazda that they have to replace the gas tank and not just the valve and canister, but it does not seem to have affected that many cars. That spider one sounds like pretty bad luck.

  • Eggsalad Eggsalad on Oct 06, 2015

    Let me guess... it's the Mexican-built 3i models. In '15, production of the 2-liter cars moved to Mexico. That's why I won't consider one.

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    • TMA1 TMA1 on Oct 06, 2015

      @mx5ta The 2.3 and the 2.5 were pretty common in the previous editions of the car. I'd be surprised if the Skyactiv 2.5 is less common this generation. All of those cars with the 2.5 are coming from Japan; the 2.0 cars are a mixed bag.

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Oct 06, 2015

    Curse you EPA and NTHSA! It is our God given right to die in a fireball and don't you prevent it. 'merica! F*** ya!

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    • Ryoku75 Ryoku75 on Oct 06, 2015

      @28-Cars-Later True enough, and soon we might actually see real Alfa-Miata mish-mashes if their thing works out, so expect a Miata with Alfas goofy (0V0) front end on it. Even then I expect people to still say that "155hp isnt enough" and yadda yadda.

  • Mx5ta Mx5ta on Oct 06, 2015

    I bought a 2015 Mazda3 at the end of July. A sticker inside the driver's door dates its manufacture, in Mexico, to 05/15, so I guess mine may, or may not, get recalled. If there's a more specific date, I don't know where to find it. Guess I'll wait for the dealer to contact me, or not. I love the car. The only thing I can think of to complain about is the width of the A-pillar, which makes me have to crane my neck a little, at times, but that's as minor a complaint as there is. It replaces a 2001 Taurus, so I'm loving the mpgs. Plenty of power vs. weight, good-looking, takes bumps okay (as opposed to a rental Chevy Spark I recently drove). It's an automatic, though you can manual shift it, although I haven't quite got the hang of that (and my other two vehicles are 5-speeds). I may garage it during the salt months in the Northeast, so rust won't be an issue.

    • Ryoku75 Ryoku75 on Oct 06, 2015

      As far as I know the rust issues were mostly secluded to the first gen Mazda3 (about 2003-2008), when they started carving jack-o-lanterns in the front bumpers they seemed to have carved away the rust trouble too. Just in case I'd garage it, and should you ever meet sale I'd hose it off once a week (if it isnt too cold), make sure to shoot the fender wells especially.