In a significant development for New Zealand’s automotive sector, the popular Mazda BT-50 has been subjected to a recall due to a potential fuel leak hazard that could lead to fires. This news has been confirmed by the New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) safety recalls database.
The recall specifically targets BT-50 models from the 2021 to 2023 model years. The root of the issue lies in the fuel hose, which may rub against the oil level gauge guide tube. Over time, this friction could cause the fuel hose to split. “If the car continues to be used with such interference, the fuel hose may become worn out, and in the worst case, a fuel leak could occur from the damaged fuel hose,” the recall notice elaborated.
Mazda New Zealand is taking this matter seriously and plans to reach out to BT-50 owners via mail to arrange necessary repairs. The safety of the vehicle owners and the prevention of potential fire hazards are of utmost importance.
In a related development, the Isuzu D-Max, which shares its platform with the Mazda BT-50, has been issued a similar recall. “Isuzu Motors have identified that vehicles manufactured during a certain period may have a misaligned diesel supply hose in the engine bay,” Isuzu’s statement detailed. The concern here is similar to the Mazda’s, where the fuel hose could rub against an engine bracket, leading to potential diesel leakage in extreme cases.
Isuzu’s approach to resolving this issue involves replacing the fouling fuel hose and its clips, and ensuring proper alignment. This proactive measure is intended to mitigate any risks associated with the defect.
Both the Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max are popular choices among New Zealanders, known for their reliability and performance. These recalls serve as a reminder of the importance of regular vehicle maintenance and the vigilance of automotive manufacturers in ensuring the safety of their vehicles.
Owners of the affected models are advised to contact their local dealers for more information and to arrange for the necessary repairs.