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Fire Risk Prompts Recall and Stop-sale of the 2015-2016 Mazda3

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On: Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 1:05PM | By: Teddy Field

Fire Risk Prompts Recall and Stop-sale of the 2015-2016 Mazda3

The 2015 / 2016 Mazda3 is one of the most exciting compact cars on the market today. It offers the perfect blend of performance and economy, wrapped in a package that handles as good as it looks. However, they've just discovered that the current Mazda3 might be exciting for another reason. A very bad reason... like 'set itself on fire' bad...

Mazda just halted sales of its 2015-2016 Mazda3, and recalled 14,406 vehicles that were built between May 21–August 24 2015. The problem lies with a defective fuel cut-off valve that can allow gasoline to flow back through the car's emissions system (once the ignition is switched off), where it will collect in the charcoal filtration cannister located in the engine bay. And since that cannister isn't very big, the gasoline will eventually overflow, creating a huge fire hazard (if you've ever owned an old British car that was fitted with a Lucas fuel cutoff valve, then you're probably familiar with this scenario).

No fires or injuries have been reported. But given the severity of the problem, Mazda is telling owners to call Mazda Roadside Assistance to have their 2015 Mazda3/2016 Mazda3 towed to the nearest dealer. Dealers will inspect the fuel tank to determine if the defect exists on the vehicle. If the defect exists, the dealer will replace the fuel tank and charcoal canister at no cost to the customer.They also said that owners will be given a free loaner car while that defective fuel cutoff valve is replaced.


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