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Mazda Recalls Tribute, RX-8 Over Fuel Leaks, Fire Risks

Mazda Recalls Tribute, RX-8 Over Fuel Leaks, Fire Risks

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Tribute Crossover:

The Basics: Mazda is preparing to recall 912 Tribute crossovers from the 2010-2011 model years due to a potential fuel leak.

The Issue: Vehicles equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 were produced with a fuel delivery module prone to crack.

“A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire,” recall documents warn.

The Fix: Service technicians will replace the fuel delivery module flange with a revised component that has a redesigned fuel supply port. Mazda expects to begin repairing vehicles by mid-December.

RX-8

The Basics: Mazda is recalling 69,000 RX-8 coupes due to fire risk. The recall impacts models from the 2004-2008 model years.

The Issue: Sealing rings used for the top of the fuel tank aren’t resistant enough to heat, causing thermal degradation due to heat exposure from the exhaust system.

“Therefore, continuous use may lead to eventual cracking of the fuel pump rings and subsequent fuel leakage,” recall documents note. “The deteriorated seals may leak fuel, which, in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.”

Mazda received the first failure report more than three years ago. But it was at the time chalked up to poor maintenance. It took a second field report late in 2014 to get to the bottom of things.   It took Mazda took a year to issue the recall after confirming the cause of failures in the field.

The Fix: Service technicians will inspect the sealing rings and add a thermal insulation pad to the fuel tank to prevent degradation.

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