August 16, 2005

Mazda RX-8’s recalled

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada has released its latest list of recalls, which affect some Mazda RX-8 and Toyota Sienna vehicles, and some Cooper tires.

2004-2005 Mazda RX8
Vehicles affected: 4,600

On certain vehicles, if the engine is operated at high rpms for an excessive length of time while the vehicle is parked, some parts around the exhaust system can melt and produce a variety of malfunctions. The problems caused by the excessive heat buildup can include an inoperative oxygen sensor, neutral switch and backup lights, parking brake problems, gas gauge malfunctions and, in worst case, possible fuel tank leaks. Dealers will reprogram the Powertrain Control Module, install a heat insulator pad on the fuel tank, and inspect various components for heat damage.

2004 Mazda RX-8
Vehicles affected: 1,421

On certain vehicles, improper forging of the front lower control arms may allow cracks to form in the ball joint socket. The ball stud may separate from the control arm. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace both front lower control arms.

2004-2005 Toyota Sienna
Vehicles affected: 39,656

On certain vehicles, the shoulder portion of the seatbelt for the middle-row, right-side seat of the seven-passenger model, and centre seat in the eight-passenger model, may bind in the bezel trim piece. If it does, there is a possibility that extra webbing may exist in the seatbelt, which could result in an improperly fitted seatbelt when worn. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the seatbelt bezel.

2005 Cooper Weather-Master S/T2 P215/65R16
Vehicles affected: 368

Certain tires have an improper stud pin hole depth, which could allow the stud to penetrate into the carcass and cause a gradual reduction in inflation. Dealers will replace the affected tires.

2005 Cooper Discoverer H/T P235/65R17
Vehicles affected: 12

Certain tires were moulded with the incorrect maximum permissible inflation pressure of 240 kPa (35 psi) on the sidewall containing the full DOT serial number. The opposite side has the correct stamping of 300 kPa (44 psi). Dealers will replace the affected tires.

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