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NHTSA 05-98
Wednesday, February 4, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Mazda (North America), Inc.


Mazda 626 Years: 1998

Number Involved: 20,000
Dates of Manufacture: August - December 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V228 Mazda Campaign No. 73801
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: Due to a programming error, the powertrain control module (PCM) installed can, under certain driving conditions, trigger a shift in air-fuel ratio to an overlean condition.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can result in an engine stall, which could lead to loss of vehicle control and a vehicle crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will reprogram the PCM with the correct engine control logic.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin during January 1998.
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.