Mazda recalls 1.2M aging vehicles to replace fire-prone ignition switch
Mazda has issued a recall for more than a million older vehicles to replace defective ignition switches.
The switches were manufactured with excessive grease, which can eventually carbonize and lead to reduced electrical insulation. Over time, the increased conductivity within the switch can allow it to overheat.
The company suggests the problem can produce enough heat to cause smoke or even fire, however it has not been associated with any accidents or injuries, according to an AP report.
The issue affects the 1990-1996 323 and Protege, the 1993-1998 626, the 1993-1995 929, the 1993-1997 MX-6, the 1989-1998 MPV and the 1992-1993 MX-3.
Unlike issues General Motors encountered with certain older ignition switches, Mazda’s failing components are said to not result in disabled airbags or other secondary safety problems.