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Mazda RX-8 Recall 05V317000

Heat Damage to Various Under Vehicle Components

Exhaust & Emissions, August 30, 2005

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

Various under vehicle components may be damaged by excess heat buildup if the engine is operated at high RPM while the vehicle is parked. Fuel can leak from a heat damaged fuel tank, increasing the risk of a fire.

What Should You Do?

Please contact your Mazda dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

Running the engine at high RPM for an excessive length of time can damage several under vehicle components, which could produce a variety of malfunctions. Problems can include an inoperative oxygen sensor, neutral start switch, back up lights, parking brake, malfunctions of the gas gauge, or heat damaged fuel tank. Fuel could leak from a damaged fuel tank, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and replace parts as necessary to correct this concern. The recall began on August 30, 2005. The Mazda recall number is 3305G.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2004, 2005

Manufacturer's Report Date: August 30, 2005

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V317000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected: 52,000

Summary: IF CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES ARE PARKED AND THE ENGINE IS OPERATED AT HIGH RPM'S FOR AN EXCESSIVE LENGTH OF TIME, SOME OF THE PARTS AROUND THE EXHAUST SYSTEM CAN MELT AND PRODUCE A VARIETY OF MALFUNCTIONS. PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE EXCESSIVE HEAT BUILD-UP CAN RANGE FROM INOPERATIVE OXYGEN SENSOR, NEUTRAL SWITCH AND BACK UP LIGHTS, PROBLEMS WITH THE PARKING BRAKES, MALFUNCTIONS OF THE GAS GAUGE AND/OR POSSIBLE FUEL LEAKS RESULTING FROM HEAT DAMAGE TO THE FUEL TANK.

Consequence: FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE PARTS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 30, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA AT 1-800-222-5500.

Notes: MAZDA RECALL NO.3305G.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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