Originally created 09/30/05

Automotive briefs



Mazda stops sales of 2006 Mazda5

Mazda said it has halted the sale and production of the 2006 Mazda5 crossover vehicle because a potential heat buildup in the exhaust system could lead to a fire. The Mazda5 seats six but is smaller than a typical minivan. Three fires reportedl;y appeared to have started around the left rear bumper.

Cadillac SRX sunroof problem investigated

The government is investigating reports that the large sunroof on the Cadillac SRX crossover vehicle has shattered at highway speeds, showering passengers with glass. At issue are the 2004-05 models with the broad sunroof, which exposes the second row of seats when opened.

Mercedes-Benz SLK230 brake lamp socket checked

The government said it also is investigating the 1998-2000 models of the Mercedes-Benz SLK230 convertible because of complaints over failing brake lamps. The inquiry involves about 33,000 convertibles. Safety officials said it appeared that the brake lamp socket can melt and the lamp can burn out.

Kia recalling more than 70,000 LD Spectras

Kia Motors America Inc. said Thursday it was recalling more than 70,000 LD Spectra sedans because the computer operating the air bag system could confuse a child seat for an adult in the front passenger seat.

The recall, which will begin in late October, involves vehicles from the 2004-2005 model years.

Kia said the recall involved identical circumstances to a recall of the 2004-2005 Hyundai Elantra announced two weeks ago. Kia spokesman Ian Beavis said it was a "precautionary measure because the Spectra shares the same platform with the Hyundai Elantra."

- Associated Press