|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Mazda (North America), Inc.
Models: Mazda 626 Years: 1995-1997
Mazda MX6 Years: 1995-1996
Number Involved: 213,000
Dates of Manufacture: June 1994 - September 1996
Defect: These vehicles can experience air bag deployments in minor
undercarriage impacts. Unexpected air bag deployment can result in occupant injury.
Remedy: Dealers will reprogram the air bag sensor unit to reduce the
probability of unnecessary deployments in low speed undercarriage impacts. Owner
notification is expected to begin during December 1998. Owners who do not receive the free
remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
[NHTSA Recall No. 98V249]
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.