FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 1999
Mazda Recalls 1998 and 1999 B-Series Trucks
FUEL:THROTTLE LINKAGES AND CONTROL
Mfg. Campaign #:
JAN 1998 To: MAR 1999
1998-1999 Mazda B-series trucks (B2500, B3000 and B4000) equipped with speed
control and built from January 1998 through March 4, 1999.
A speed control cable can interfere with the speed control servo pulley and not
allow the throttle to return to idle when disengaging the speed control.
If the speed control is used and this condition is
present, a stuck throttle could result, which could potentially result in a crash.
Dealers will replace the speed control cables. At the present time, the replacement
cables are not available. Customers are being advised NOT TO USE the speed control system
until a replacement can be made. Owners will be contacted twice. First owner notification
is expected to begin during March 1999, and the second notice will be made when parts are
available (anticipated late April, early May). 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 Ford at 1-800-392-3673 or Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Also
contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at
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. 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.