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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1995 Mazda 626

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1995 Mazda 626, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: OVERSENSITIVE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97012

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary: In may of 1997, ODI upgraded to an engineering analysis with 51 complaints.ODI is now aware of 88 complaints of alleged inappropriate airbag deployments.typical complaints allege that the airbags deployed after the vehicle hit a pot hole at between 20 and 45 mph, or that the airbags deployed while driving at between 20 or 60 mph for no apparent reason.approximately 25 drivers alleged that they did not hit anything in the roadway.Mazda will conduct a safety recall ofall 1995 and 1996 models of the Mazda 626 and mx-6, as well as a small number of 1997 Mazda 626 models, equipped with the same SAS unit.the SAS unit controls the airbag systemit contains a built-in crash sensor to detect vehicle deceleration during a collision.affected models were assembled from June 1, 1994 through September 10, 1996 and have a VIN within the following ranges: Mazda 626:1yvge22**S5300001 through 1yvge22**V5599030 Mazda mx-6: 1yvge31**S5300001 through 1yvge31**T5589965all owners will be notified of the possibility that their vehicle may experience an unnecessary airbag depoyment in certain situations.they will be instructed to bring their vehicle to a Mazda dealer to reprogram the SAS unit to reduce the frequency of unnecessary deployments.

  2. INVESTIGATION: INAPPROPRIATE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE97006

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 30, 1997
    • Date Closed: May 23, 1997
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary: In January of 1997, ODI opened a PE based on 9 ODI complaints.ODI is now aware of 51 complaints of alleged inappropriate air bag deployments.typical complaints include air bag deployments after the vehicle hit a pot hole while driving between 20 and 45 mph and air bag deployments while driving at speeds between 20 and 60 mph for no apparent reason.approximately 21 drivers alleged that they did not hit anything prior to the air bag deployment.in four of these incidents the driver claims to have lost control and hit a curb after the air bags deployed.in addition there are four incidents where the driver alleges that the air bags deployed after a tire blowout while driving.less common incidents include allegations of the air bags deploying after parking the vehicle and removing the key, crossing railroad tracks, while being towed, while braking, after hitting a curb, and after hitting a manhole cover.ODI is upgrading this investigation to obtain additional information about the reports gathered to date, the sensors used in the vehicles, and to assess the impact that the alleged defect has on highway safety.

  3. INVESTIGATION: HEADLIGHT FAILURE

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ99022

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting

    Summary: Obtained recall 99V-358

  4. INVESTIGATION: SPEEDOMETER INOPERATIVE

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #SQ98024

    Component(s): Power Train

    Summary: See resume for details.

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