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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
September, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Mazda North America, Inc.

Models: Mazda 626 Year: 1997

Mazda MX6 Year: 1997

Number Involved: 40,000

Dates of Manufacture: December 1996 - June 1997

Defect: An external spring in the timing belt tensioner can break and get caught in the timing belt, resulting in possible engine stalling.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the tensioner and replace it if necessary. Owner notification was to begin during October 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

[NHTSA Recall No.98V206/Mazda Recall No. 76810]

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.