• Nov 3rd 2009 at 5:00PM
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Last month, Ford widened its cruise control switch recall to 4.5 million vehicles. Included in the growing list of cars and trucks was the Ford Ranger pickup – the mechanical twin to the now-discontinued Mazda B-Series pickup. Not surprisingly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has now widened its recall to encompass 39,600 of Mazda's 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 trucks for the exact same fault.

According to the recall, trucks equipped with a Texas Instruments speed control deactivation switch (SCDS) and/or anti-lock brake system (ABS) manufactured on or before December 5, 2002, may encounter a vehicle fire if the switch deteriorates and leaks. As in the Ford recall, Mazda dealers will install a universal fused jumper harness on the cruise control deactivation switch at no charge.

Owners of the recalled vehicles may contact Mazda at 800-222-5500 (option #6), contact the NHTSA's Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov. Recall information after the jump.

[Source: NHTSA]

Vehicle Make / Model: MAZDA / B SERIES
Model Year(s): 1995-1997 2001-2003
Manufacturer: MAZDA MOTOR CORP

Mfr's Report Date: OCT 22, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V414000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CRUISE CONTROL

Potential Number of Units Affected: 39600

Summary:

MAZDA IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 1995 THROUGH 1997 AND MODEL YEAR 2001 THROUGH 2003 TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH TEXAS INSTRUMENTS SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH (SCDS) AND/OR ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) AND MANUFACTURED ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 5, 2002. A COMPONENT OF THE CRUISE CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY DETERIORATE OVER TIME AND DEVELOP A LEAK. THIS OCCURRENCE COULD CAUSE THE SWITCH TO OVERHEAT, SMOKE OR BURN WHICH COULD RESULT IN AN UNDER HOOD FIRE.

Consequence:

A VEHICLE FIRE COULD OCCUR WITH OR WITHOUT THE ENGINE RUNNING.

Remedy:

MAZDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS THAT DEALERS WILL INSTALL A UNIVERSAL FUSED JUMPER HARNESS ON THE CRUISE CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT NOVEMBER 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA AT 800-222-5500 OPTION #6.

Notes:

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Odd. I work for Mazda parts and this is the first I've heard of this recall.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's kinda sad
        /kiddin :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Same story as the Ford issue, is it not? Considering this is a Ranger with a Mazda badge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Idk, I was never a fan of the 98+ front end like shown in the pic, which makes me pretty fortunate to have found my 97, as the 95-97s seem to be pretty rare.

      Does anyone know if this would still be a hazard if you never actually use the cruise control? Also, can you have it serviced at any Mazda dealer, regardless of where you bought it from?
        • 5 Years Ago
        JF, recalls like this are irrespective of where you bought the vehicle from. All service depts that are for this brand must do the recall work.

        And I would not leave a wiring/electrical defect intact, regardless of whether I ever used that feature.