TOKYO, April 3 Mazda Motor Corp is to
recall about 88,000 vehicles globally to fix a programming
glitch in its engine control computer.
The Japanese automaker is recalling the Mazda3, Mazda6 and
CX-5, manufactured between October 2012 and January 2014,
spokeswoman Misato Kobayashi said.
Of the 88,000 vehicles, around 38,000 are recalled in
Europe, 27,600 in Japan and 6,500 in North America, she added.
Mazda found a glitch in the computer programme that checks
whether the capacitor, a part of the brake energy regeneration
system, is functioning properly, Mazda said.
As a result, the vehicle may not accelerate properly and in
the worst case the engine could stall.
No accidents or injuries have been reported due to the
problem, Kobayashi said.
Mazda will fix the computer programme, a procedure that will
take less than an hour, she said. The company did not disclose
costs associated with the recall.
Mazda's brake energy regeneration system converts the car's
kinetic energy into electricity when the driver releases the
accelerator pedal. That electricity is stored in the capacitor
and later used to power electrical equipments such as
(Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by David Goodman)