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Mazda Recalls 2001-2002 Miatas for Emissions Fix

Release Date: 12/08/2005
Contact Information:

Contact: David Deegan, 617-918-1017

(Washington, D.C.) - Mazda Motor Corporation is voluntarily recalling Miata models from 2001 and 2002, in order to lower vehicle emission levels.


Many of these cars could exceed federal emission standards because of inadequate emission control when the vehicle is started cold. EPA discovered the potential emission compliance problem in the 2001 and 2002 models after testing at its National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Mazda will replace the vehicle's central processing unit with one that has different engine calibrations to reduce emissions that come from cold starts. The replaced equipment and calibrations are expected to reduce vehicle emissions of "non-methane organic gases" by approximately 26 percent. According to Mazda, the calibrations will not have an effect on vehicle performance or fuel economy, and the repairs will be made at no cost to vehicle owners. Nationwide, approximately 32,000 vehicles are affected by this recall.

Mazda will phase in the recall by region to assure availability of the replacement part. Owners with questions about this recall can contact Mazda Customer Service at 800-222-5500, or e-mail
customerassistance@mazdausa.com .

For additional information on the 2001 -2002 Mazda Miata recall program, see: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/cert/recall/mazda2.htm .

For additional information on fuel economy in cars and light trucks, see: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/.

The U.S. Government also provides comprehensive information on product recalls at: http://www.recalls.gov/ .