Approximately 35,300 model-year 2004 Mazda RX-8 sports cars are being recalled for a faulty ball joint socket, and approximately 69,400 model-year 2004-08 RX-8s are being recalled for a fuel pump pipe issue
The Problem: For the recall involving the ball joint socket, the socket on the front suspension lower control arm may crack, and the ball joint may separate from the socket, which could cause a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash.
For the recall involving the fuel pump pipe, heat from the Used Engine and exhaust may cause the main fuel pump pipe to crack, which may cause fuel to leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the front lower control arms and fuel pump filter kit, respectively, for free.
What Owners Should Do: Mazda will begin notifying owners about both recalls July 30. Owners can call the automaker at 800-222-5500, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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