Mazda is recalling 19,000 Mazda6 sedans from model year 2014, over concerns that the fuel tanks can be filled up too much. What is it with Mazda and fuel tanks?

The big concern is, obviously, spillage when filling up. There's also a risk that a radical temperature swing could cause the fuel volume to expand, causing a full tank to spill over without the driver knowing about it. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin, if the fuel spills over, it could end up in something called the charcoal canister, which helps with the car's emissions. If it fills up the canister, it could leak out onto the road. None of this is really desirable.

The affected vehicles were all built between October 25, 2012 and May 9, 2013. It's unclear if there have been any fires due to this problem. Dealers should have been notified by now, while owners should begin receiving official recall notifications very soon.

To remedy the issue, dealers will install an adapter in the fuel tank's shutoff valve and, if necessary, replace the charcoal canister. Naturally, the repairs will be handled free of charge.

Take a look below for the notification from NHTSA.
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Manufacturer: Mazda North American Operations

SUMMARY:
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2014 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured October 25, 2012, through May 9, 2013. In the affected vehicles, it is possible to fill the fuel tank beyond its rated capacity.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the tank is overfilled, gas may flow into the charcoal canister (an evaporative emissions component) and possibly leak from the canister's external vent, increasing the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:
Mazda will notify owners and dealers will inspect and add an adapter to the shut off valve in the fuel tank and also inspect the charcoal canister for the presence of gasoline, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late April 2014. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 7414D.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Car Guy
      • 7 Months Ago
      "something called the charcoal canister" - I would hate to see AB have to describe something actually complex............
      Daniel Brown
      • 7 Months Ago
      They dont need extra gas, they are so cheap to run that they spill extra gas haha
      Larry
      • 7 Months Ago
      Ugly mid sized sedan made. Good, recall them all. And what a pain. How can you NOT fill up everytime? What do you do, fill 3/4 to be safe, and then, how do you know it is 3/4, unless you start from zero. shame
        Polak_RX8
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Larry
        There is a thing in your car, it's not new.. We call it a gas Guage... Whoa mind blown.
      Muttons
      • 7 Months Ago
      I saw this on the road the other day and was struck more than ever with how good it looks. It's low and long. I don't think there's a car out there with better FWD proportions. I wish the 3 hatch had the same impact but this time around I feel like the 3 sedan is the better looking version for the same reason as the 6. The rear of the hatch just looks weird to me. The truncated butt makes the increased dash-to-axle look off.
        BakedCookies
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Muttons
        yep, love the looks of our 6GT, only issue with being low and long is I either bang my head or drag my foot every time I get in it.
          BB79826
          • 7 Months Ago
          @BakedCookies
          I have one too. The funny thing is that the car is not "low" at all. It has more ground clearance and sits higher than pretty much any other mid-sizer. But the door entrance is quite small. I also drag my foot. Don't hit my head, though -- I've been used to getting into a G6 and that had the same slopey roof.
      Koenigsegg
      • 7 Months Ago
      i remember when i used fuel, that was like 100 years ago
        superlightv12
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Fuel was used to made your electricity. If you use solar panels, fuel was used to make them too.
        bullitt2605
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        U used fuel using you computer to wright this.
      Al Le
      • 7 Months Ago
      Maybe Mazda should be the one doing all the pioneering work on electric cars since they can't seem to get a handle on gasoline storage.
        Jmaister
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Al Le
        and what kinda dumb ass #2 are you? This is totally irrelevant.
      Zeta
      • 7 Months Ago
      Damn considering how low the sales figure are that's probably all of them.
      mikeandpamy
      • 6 Months Ago
      This is nothing compared to 14 Deaths from Chevy vehicles with ignition fail out!!! Half a million Chevys recalled since the deaths happen. Plus there a millions that have lawsuits! Also ford has 20 acceleration deaths in 2010! At least Mazda vehicles have not killed anyone!!! Mazda has less recalls then the big 3! Mazda is not a ford, so whoever mentioned it a ford recall, look up your facts buddy!
      mikeandpamy
      • 6 Months Ago
      This is nothing compared to 14 Deaths from Chevy vehicles with ignition fail out!!! Half a million Chevys recalled since the deaths happen. Plus there a millions that have lawsuits! Also ford has 20 acceleration deaths in 2010! At least Mazda vehicles have not killed anyone!!! Mazda is not a ford, so whoever mentioned it a ford recall, look up your facts buddy!
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