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Mazda recalls 100k cars over tire pressure issue

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Mazda has recalled nearly 100,000 vehicles over potential issues with the tire pressure sensor, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In affected vehicles, the car may fail to alert when tire pressure has dropped below a certain range under specific conditions, something that could potentially lead to crashes caused by under-inflated tires. The recalled vehicles will be serviced at a related dealership once notices are sent out; the solution involves reprogramming the software that controls the pressure monitoring system.

According to the NHTSA report, Mazda is recalling 99,711 Mazda6 vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years -- the cars were made between October 25, 2012 and October 10, 2014. The reason is due to a specific circumstance under which the cars may fail to notify drivers when tire pressure is low.

If the affected Mazda6 cars experience a uniform tire pressure drop across all four tires, the system may fail to notify the driver of this once the car reaches the 25-percent pressure decrease threshold. Drivers unaware of the drop in tire pressure may then continue to drive with the tires under-inflated, leading to potential tire failure and crashes.

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