Mazda made national headlines last month with news of a U.S. recall. The Japan-based automaker recalled 70,000 of its RX-8 Sport, model year 2004–2008. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cause for concern is an issue with the fuel pump sealing ring, which may leak and catch fire. Review the following three points to determine what actions you may need to take to obtain fair compensation and to protect yourself and others on the road from the consequences of driving with a defective fuel pump.
- Mazda Hasn’t Reported Any Injuries
Unlike other recent auto recalls (such as Takata’s recent challenge – an issue that this blog covered extensively over several years), Mazda has reported that there have not been any known injuries due to leaking fuel pumps. The recall is simply a precaution to prevent injuries, given the potential introduction of an ignition source into the engine.
- Mazda Will Pay for All Repairs
If your Mazda vehicle has been affected by the recall, you should receive a note from the manufacturer containing further instructions. If your Mazda was impacted, you’ll likely be asked to take your car to a certified dealer for repair. The automaker will replace your fuel pump sealing ring for free.
- You Can Check Online to See Whether Your Vehicle Is Affected
A vehicle recall, especially when it involves something as serious as a fuel pump, can be frightening. Consumers who haven’t received a letter from Mazda but who still want to check on their car’s involvement can look up all recall information associated with their vehicle. To search for your vehicle’s information using its VIN, visit the NHTSA’s VIN lookup tool.
Read our article “Does a Vehicle Recall Mean Emergency? Sometimes, Not Always” for more information about vehicle recalls.
If you believe you or a loved one was adversely affected by a vehicle recall, contact one of our Washington, D.C. recall attorneys.