Nearly 15,000 Mazda3 sedans at risk of catching on fire are being recalled by the automaker. The problem is a leaky fuel tank. It’s equipped with a shut-off value that can allow gasoline to enter the fuel tank’s emissions system. Once enough liquid fuel enters the vapor canister, it can overload the charcoal and leak onto the ground or cause the engine to stall.
“A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire,” the recall documents warn. “An engine that stalls increases the risk of a crash.”
Mazda will inspect the shut-off valve and replace defective components, including the charcoal canister and other emissions components if necessary. Mazda expects to begin repairing vehicles sometime this month.
Below are details from the NHTSA recall report.
Mazda North American Operations is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured May 21, 2015, to August 25, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with a fuel tank with a shut-off valve that can allow fuel to enter into the fuel tank emissions systems. If enough fuel enters the emission 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. An engine that stalls increases the risk of a crash.
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. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until the repairs have been completed. Mazda will provide rental cars until that time. Owners may contact the Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800- 222-5500, option #6. Mazda’s number for this recall is 8615J.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.