Mazda to Recall 29,000, Repair 132,000 Units of RX-8 over Fuel Pump Defect

Jiji Press Ticker Service

June 2, 2017

Mazda Motor Corp. informed Japan’s transport ministry on Thursday that it will recall a total of 29,902 units of its RX-8 sports car in the country due to a defect in the vehicle’s fuel pump.

Subject to the recall will be cars manufactured between February 2003 and February 2008.

Mazda will also provide free repairs for some 132,000 units exported overseas.

According to the ministry, plastic tubes used in the fuel pump may crack due to pressure or heat and in the worst case could cause a fire if gasoline leaks from them.

Eleven problem cases were reported in Japan and 69 overseas, according to the ministry.

Mazda will also exchange part of the front suspension of 13,000 of the recalled vehicles.

A manufacturing fault may cause the control arm connection supporting the wheels to loosen, leading to a possible breakdown.

The company had previously recalled another vehicle to replace this part. It launched an investigation after receiving numerous reports of the same defect in other vehicles.

Original headline: Mazda to Recall 29,000 Units of RX-8 over Fuel Pump Defect

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