NHTSA Announces Recall of 5,500 Mazda SUVs for Fire Hazard Associated with Exhaust System

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that Mazda Motor Corporation has stopped worldwide production of the 2006 Mazda5 and recalled 5,500 of the sport utility vehicles because, on certain units, a heat buildup in the exhaust system can occur.

This problem could result in a fire. There have been reports of three fires due to heat buildup in the exhaust system.

The company is instructing owners to bring their vehicles to Mazda dealerships immediately. They will be given a rental or loaner vehicle at no cost while Mazda develops a remedy and makes proper repairs.

Mazda has told customers that the company may take as long as 30 days to repair the vehicles.

Owners should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

For more information, customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236; (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or visit http://www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA ID Number is 05V412000

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