|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Mazda (North America), Inc.
Models: Mazda 626 Year: 1998
Number Involved: 73,000
Dates of Manufacture: August 1997 - August 1998
Defect: If the vehicle is operated in a hot, humid environment with the
window open and air conditioner running, it is possible for condensation to enter the
audio unit and cause a short circuit. If the short circuit occurs at one specific set of
terminals, the speaker can overheat and in some cases, catch fire.
Remedy: Dealers will affix aluminum tape over the audio unit to prevent
water from entering. Owner notification began during November 1998. Owners who do not
receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
[NHTSA Recall No. 98V243]
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.