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Mazda RX-8 Recalls

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03/02/18 Mazda north american operations (mazda) is recalling 2010 mazda rx-8 vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of arizona, arkansas, delaware, district of columbia, illinois, indiana, kansas, kentucky, maryland, missouri, nebraska, nevada, new jersey, new mexico, north carolina, ohio, oklahoma, pennsylvania, tennessee, virginia, and west virginia or "zone b." additionally, unless covered under "zone b" mazda is recalling certain 2009 rx-8 vehicles ever registered in the states of alaska, colorado, connecticut, idaho, iowa, maine, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, montana, new hampshire, new york, north dakota, oregon, rhode island, south dakota, utah, vermont, washington, wisconsin, and wyoming or "zone c." these vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate one, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin march 2018. owners may contact mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. mazda's number for this recall is 2018a.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
09/12/17 Mazda north american operations (mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 mazda6, 2004-2008 rx-8, and 2006-2007 mazdaspeed6 vehicles. the affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. the recall began on september 12, 2017. owners may contact mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. mazda's number for this recall is 1417g. note: this recall supersedes recall 15v-382.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
03/10/17 Mazda north america operations (mazda) is recalling certain 2009 rx-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in arizona, arkansas, delaware, district of columbia, illinois, indiana, kansas, kentucky, maryland, missouri, nebraska, nevada, new jersey, new mexico, north carolina, ohio, oklahoma, pennsylvania, tennessee, virginia, and west virginia, or "zone b." additionally, unless included in "zone b" above, mazda is recalling certain 2005-2006 mpv and 2005-2008 rx-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in alaska, colorado, connecticut, idaho, iowa, maine, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, montana, new hampshire, new york, north dakota, oregon, rhode island, south dakota, utah, vermont, washington, wisconsin and wyoming. these vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. the recall began march 10, 2017. owners may contact mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. mazda's number for this recall is 0617a.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
07/19/16 Mazda north american operations (mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2011 rx-8, 2004-2006 mpv, 2003-2008 mazda6, and 2006-2007 mazdaspeed6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in alabama, california, florida, georgia, hawaii, louisiana, mississippi, south carolina, texas, puerto rico, american samoa, guam, the northern mariana islands (saipan), and the u.s. virgin islands, or "zone a." additionally, unless included in "zone a" above, mazda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 rx-8, 2004-2006 mpv, 2003-2008 mazda6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in arizona, arkansas, delaware, district of columbia, illinois, indiana, kansas, kentucky, maryland, missouri, nebraska, nevada, new jersey, new mexico, north carolina, ohio, oklahoma, pennsylvania, tennessee, virginia, and west virginia, or "zone b." lastly, unless included in "zone a" or "zone b" above, mazda is recalling certain model year 2004 mazda rx-8 and mpv, 2003-2004 mazda6 vehicles originally sold, or registered, in alaska, colorado, connecticut, idaho, iowa, maine, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, montana, new hampshire, new york, north dakota, oregon, rhode island, south dakota, utah, vermont, washington, wisconsin, and wyoming. these vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge.

02/16/16 Mazda north american operations (mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 mazda6 vehicles manufactured may 29, 2002, to may 5, 2008, 2006-2007 mazdaspeed6 vehicles manufactured july 1, 2005, to june 29, 2007, and a limited production of model year 2004 rx-8 vehicles manufactured june 25, 2003, to june 30, 2003. the inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger's frontal air bag with a new one, free of charge. the recall began on february 16, 2016. owners may contact mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. mazda's number for this recall is 9015l. note: this recall supersedes recalls 13v-130 and 14v-362 in their entirety. this recall partially supersedes recall 14v-773 in that model year 2003-2006 mazda6 vehicles covered by that recall are now covered by this campaign.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
07/31/17 Engine Mazda north america operations (mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 rx-8 vehicles manufactured april 10, 2003, to february 18, 2008. the affected vehicles have fuel pump sealing rings that may deteriorate due to exposure to heat from the engine or exhaust pipe.

The deteriorated seals may leak fuel, which, in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump sealing ring set and add a thermal insulation pad to the fuel tank, free of charge. the recall began july 31, 2017. owners may contact mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. mazda's number for this recall is 0516j.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
07/31/17 Engine Mazda north america operations (mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 rx-8 vehicles. heat from the engine and the exhaust may cause the main fuel pump pipe to crack.

If the fuel pump pipe cracks, fuel may leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump filter kit, free of charge. the recall began on july 31, 2017. owners may contact mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. mazda's number for this recall is 1017e.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
08/30/05 Engine 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.

Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

Dealers will inspect and replace parts. the recall began on august 30, 2005. owners may contact mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

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.
03/05/04 Transmission and Drivetrain On certain passenger vehicles with manual transmissions, the heat insulator may be cracked causing abnormal noise.

Continued operation of the vehicle can cause the insulator to come off and could pose a hazard to following vehicles.

Dealers will replace the heat insulator. the recall began march 5, 2004. owners should contact mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

Mazda recall no. 1704b.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
07/31/17 Suspension and Steering Mazda north american operations (mazda) is recalling certain 2004 mazda rx-8 vehicles. the ball joint socket on the front suspension lower control arm may crack and the ball joint may separate from the socket.

If the ball joint separates, steering control may be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front lower control arms, free of charge. the recall began on july 31, 2017. owners may contact mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. mazda's number for this recall is 1117e.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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02/04/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning Mazda north american operations (mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2006 mazda6, and model year 2004-2005 rx-8, and mpv vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in alabama, florida, georgia, hawaii, louisiana, mississippi, texas, puerto rico, saipan and guam. upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger?s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. the recall began february 4, 2015. owners may contact mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. mazda's number for this recall is 8114l. note: this recall supersedes safety recall 14v-344 as to the front passenger air bag inflators.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
08/21/14 Electrical and Air Conditioning Mazda north america operations (mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 mazda6 vehicles and 2004 rx-8 vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.

Owners of all vehicles on which a defective air bag may have been installed as original equipment will be notified. dealers will replace the defective air bag inflator, free of charge. the safety recall is scheduled to begin in august 2014. owners may contact mazda customer assistance center at 1-800-222-5500. mazda's recall campaign number is 7714f. note: this is an expansion of nhtsa recall no. 13v-130.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
06/03/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning Mazda is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 mazda6 vehicles manufactured january 14, 2003, through may 29, 2003; and 2004 rx-8 vehicles manufactured june 25, 2003, through june 30, 2003, to address a safety defect in the passenger side air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.

Owners of all vehicles on which a defective air bag may have been installed as original equipment will be notified. dealers will inspect vehicles, and where a defective air bag inflator is identified, the inflator will be replaced, free of charge. the safety recall began on june 3, 2013. owners may contact mazda customer assistance center at 1-800-222-5500, option #6. mazda's recall campaign number is 6913d.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
03/05/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning As a result of an ncap test, certain passenger vehicles are being recalled for improperly wired front passenger seat air bags.

The air bag will not provide adequate protection when the vehicle is involved in a frontal crash.

Dealers will install a new wiring harness in the front passenger seat air bag system. the recall began march 5, 2004. owners should contact mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

Mazda recall no. 1604b-b.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

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Mazda RX-8 Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.

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