Mazda recalls Mazda3 for fuel tank fault


Mazda and Transport Canada have recalled more than 21,000 examples of the Mazda3 compact car to inspect fuel tanks that could spring a leak.

These cars, sold in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 model years, have defective fuel tanks on which a weld could fail and result in a fuel leak. Naturally, the real concern is that the leaking fuel could catch fire if exposed to an ignition source.

Mazda is asking its dealer service departments to inspect the fuel tanks in the affected cars, and replace the tank where necessary.

This is the second fuel tank-related recall affecting late-model Mazda3s; about a year ago, some of the same cars were called back for dealers to inspect evaporative emissions control components that could cause a fuel leak.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.