Mazda6 and Tribute on NHTSA December 2003 Recall List

Mazda (North America), Inc.
Models:     Mazda Tribute                   Year:      2001
Number Potentially Involved:  49,000
Dates of Manufacture:  April 2000 – May 2001
Defect:  On certain sport utility vehicles, a post within the safety belt buckle covers could fracture, which could affect latch function, resulting in either a "no latch" or "partial latch" condition. In the "partial latch" condition, the buckle tongue can be inserted into the buckle and appear to be engaged, but will release from the buckle without the push button being depressed when a relatively low load is applied, such as when an occupant moves slightly in the seat. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:  Dealers will have the driver and front passenger safety belt buckle cover removed and replaced with a newly designed service buckle cover. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during February 2004. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

[NHTSA Recall No. 03V515/Mazda Recall No. 1503L]

Mazda (North America), Inc.
Models:    Mazda Mazda6                   Year:      2003
Number Potentially Involved:  56,700
Dates of Manufacture:  October 2002 – August 2003
Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, the fuel sender unit (FSU) may have been improperly installed in the fuel tank, producing an inadequate seal, and fuel may leak. A fire could occur in the presence of an ignition source.
Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the top of the fuel tank, and if necessary, repair or replace it. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during February 2004. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

[NHTSA Recall No. 03V531/Mazda Recall No. 1403L]

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