Mazda recalls cars worldwide for fuel pump defect

Japanese automaker Mazda on Friday reported to the transport ministry that the company will recall about 40,000 cars in the country over a defective fuel pump component. It also said it will recall more than 480,000 cars sold overseas due to the same defect.

Mazda says the recall affects nine models manufactured between April 2018 and August 2019.

They include the Demio compact car and the Axela sedan, known as the Mazda2 and the Mazda3 outside Japan.

The automaker says a component in the fuel pump called an impeller has a defect, which could lead to its deformation.

In the worst case, the pump could malfunction and cause the engine to stop.

Mazda officials say there have been no reports of accidents related to the defect, but that they've been notified of 34 cases in which a vehicle unexpectedly lost speed while traveling or the engine did not start.

The automaker says it will start repairing the affected vehicles once replacement parts become available.