SAFETY RECALL UPDATE — December 7, 2014

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued safety recall updates for this week and they involve nearly 300,000 vehicles. Two vehicle models, one is a Mazda car and the other a Ford SUV, make up this week’s safety recall update from BestRide.com. Log onto BestRide.com frequently for the latest in NHTSA safety recall updates, automotive news and views, as well as millions of listings on new and used vehicles from all over the continent.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V675000

Mazda Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014-2015 Mazda Mazda6 vehicles manufactured from October 25, 2012 through October 10, 2014. Approximately 99,711 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

Cause: If the pressures of four of the tires on an affected vehicle gradually drop at the same time, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may not warn the driver of the drop in pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138, “Tire Pressure Monitoring System.”

Concern: A vehicle that is driven with under inflated tires may experience a sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Mazda will notify owners with specific instructions for locating dealers who will update the TPMS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 10, 2014. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.

NOTE: Keep track of your tire pressure manually through regular visual inspections and use of your handy tire pressure gauge. Always wear your safety belts.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V682000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 14S22

Vehicles Affected: 2007-2008 Lincoln MKX, and Ford Edge vehicles, manufactured June 15, 2006, to September 22, 2008, and originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Approximately 186,024 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Due to corrosion from salt water exposure such as from road salt use, the affected vehicles may leak fuel from the fuel tank seam weld under the tank mounting reinforcement brackets.

Concern: A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Correction: Ford will notify owners. The remedy is currently being developed. The recall is expected to begin on December 8, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is included under this recall campaign, please refrain from parking indoors until the condition is rectified. Never park in a structure that is inhabited by humans, because a vehicle fire can easily spread to any structure in which it is parked.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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