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NHTSA 80-98
OCTOBER 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Mazda (North America), Inc.

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.