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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
OCTOBER 1998 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.