Mazda has announced a recall for several older vehicles because of the ignition switch problem.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, owners of these cars will be contacted by Mazda because their vehicles have the grease applied to the contact points inside the ignition switch which may overheat and increase the risk of a fire.
“In the affected vehicles, grease applied to the contact points inside the ignition switch may become conductive and overheat. If the ignition switch overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire”, says the NHTSA in its recall Summary and Consequence of the problem.
The affected cars are the 323 from 1990 to 1995, the 626 from 1993 to 1998, the 929 from 1993 to 1995, MPV from 1989 to 1998, the MX-6 from 1993 to 1997, the MX3 from 1992 and 1993 and the Protege from 1990 to 1998. Owners of these models will be notified by Mazda and the company’s dealers will be replacing the ignition switch. The action will be performed free of charge. An exact recall schedule hasn’t been announced at this point but for any extra details on the topic, owners can contact Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800-222-5500 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.