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Mazda recalls RX-8s for fuel line, suspension issues

Two separate recalls address potential fuel leaks and loss of steering

Published: June 9, 2017, 10:30 PM
Updated: June 14, 2017, 11:37 AM

Mazda RX-8

Mazda North America is recalling certain RX-8 sports cars to address a couple issues — one related to the fuel pump, and the other to the front suspension.

The first one applies to 2004-08 sport coupes due to the potential of fuel leaks arising from a fuel pump that might crack due to excessive heat from the engine or exhaust. If the pump cracks, there is the potential for a fuel leak, which could result in a fire if the spilled fuel comes into contact with an ignition source.

The issue reportedly affects 69,447 cars, though Mazda is not aware of any incidents or injuries.

The second recall also has no reported incidents or injuries, and affects 35,332 RX-8s from 2004.

On affected vehicles, the ball joint socket on the front suspension lower arm may crack, which could result in the ball separating from the socket and cause loss of steering, which naturally increases the possibility of a crash.

In both cases, owners will be contacted to bring their cars into Mazda dealerships, where service personnel will inspect the affected parts for cracks and replace flawed parts as needed, free of charge.