A recall of just over 5400 Mazda RX-8 vehicles sold in Australia has been initiated after a possible issue with the fuel pump was identified.
The recall is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and affects Mazda RX-8 vehicles sold in Australia between the 10th of July 2003 and the 31st of March 2009.
Is your Mazda RX-8 affected? Check here (have your VIN handy).
The recall notice advises that the plastic fuel pump retaining rings on the fuel tank may be exposed to heat from the engine and exhaust pipes due to insufficient thermal insulation.
This can cause heat deterioration of the plastic material of the pump retaining rings.
In addition to the heat deterioration, a reaction force from the gasket (seal rubber) may be applied to the fuel pump rings.
Continuous use of vehicle with this condition may cause the fuel pump retaining rings to develop cracks.
If the fuel pump rings crack, fuel leakage may result.
Mazda Australia will contact all affected customers by mail as soon as parts become available.
Customers will be advised to present their vehicle to their preferred Mazda Dealer for the replacement of the fuel pump retainer rings and installation of thermal insulation pads onto the fuel tank at no charge.
Affected Mazda RX-8 owners can also get further info from Mazda Customer Support on 1800 034 411.