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Mazda3 recall aims to fix leaky fuel system

by Justin King

The fuel tank shut-off valve can allow gasoline to enter the tank\'s emissions system, potentially leaking onto the ground or causing an engine stall.

Fire risks have prompted a recall for the 2015-2016 Mazda3, affecting approximately 14,400 units in the US market.

The Mazda3's fuel tank is said to be equipped with a shut-off valve that can allow gasoline to enter the tank's emissions system. Once enough liquid fuel enters the vapor canister, it can overload the charcoal and leak onto the ground or cause the engine to stall.

"A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire," the recall documents warn. "An engine that stalls increases the risk of a crash."

Service technicians will be instructed to inspect the shut-off valve and replace defective components. The charcoal canister and other emissions components will also be replaced if necessary.

Mazda expects to begin repairing vehicles sometime this month.