I just read in the New York times that Mazda is recalling and stopping selling the Mazda 5 because of fires in the exhaust system. Does anyone know what this is about, particularly since the 3 probably shares a great deal of its exhaust mechanics with the 5 given they are based on the same basic car.
Here is the text from an article on the issue from autoweek.
Exhaust system-related fires prompt Mazda to recall, halt production of Mazda5
MARK RECHTIN | Automotive News
Posted Date: 9/23/05
LOS ANGELES -- Mazda Motor Corp. has stopped production globally of the 2006 Mazda5 minivan and has recalled 2,700 units in North America for exhaust system-related fires.
Mazda's North American auto dealers have been ordered to stop selling the minivan until the cause of the fires has been found and a solution is in place.
Three fires due to heat buildup in the system have been reported. The six-seater went on sale in June in the United States.
Customers were told to return their vehicles immediately. They will be given replacement transportation at no cost. Mazda has told customers they will be without their Mazda5s for at least 30 days.
A Mazda spokesman said the production halt affects all Mazda5 vehicles globally. But Japan and Europe have not issued recalls or stop-sale orders, as those countries' versions have different engine specifications and engine management control units. The spokesman said that the cause of the fires has not been determined.