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Mazda begins a recall

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TOKYO — Japanese automaker Mazda Motor Corp. is recalling 382,505 vehicles sold in the United States and other countries to repair faulty fog lamp parts, a transport ministry official said last week.

Hiroshima-based Mazda told Japanese authorities it is recalling Atenza sedans and station wagons, MPV minivans and Roadster sports cars, ministry official Tokuhiko Kude said. The vehicles were manafactured after Dec. 10, 1997.

No injuries related to the defects have been reported.

Improper installation of fog lamps could cause a light bulb and its socket holder to fall off their glass housing and possibly start a fire, Kude said.

The Atenza models may also need repairs for possible defects in a brake fluid leakage indicator.

Of the total being recalled, 324,505 were produced in Japan between Dec. 10, 1997, and May 16 this year and were exported to a number of countries, including the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia.

The remaining recalled vehicles included 50,000 manufactured at Mazda's U.S. plant and 8,000 made in China, Kude said.