|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Monday, December 29 1997
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF NOVEMBER RECALLS
Mazda (North America), Inc.
|Mazda B4000 Truck
Number Involved: 357
Dates of Manufacture: August - September 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V186002 Mazda Campaign No. 71712
Vehicle Description: Light duty 4x2 pickup trucks equipped with 4.0-liter engines.
Description of Defect: The flexible section of the chassis mounted fuel line that
connects to the engine was routed too close to the exhaust manifold. The line could
contact the manifold.
Consequence of Defect: This could potentially result in damage to the fuel line, or
in some cases, cause a fuel leak. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could
result in a fire.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install an additional clip to hold the fuel line in
the intended design position.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Dec. 1, 1997.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon
service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact
Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert
consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law,
safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the
owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.
NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall
notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with
federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive
notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair
work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.