The following is a transcript of the NHTSA database pertinent to the 1994 Mazda 626 recall described in the 626 Transmission FAQ.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 99I005000
Component: POWER TRAIN:TRANSMISSION:AUTOMATIC:SPEEDOMETER PINION
Manufacturer: MAZDA (NORTH AMERICA), INC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 47651
Manufactured From: To:
Year of Recall: '99
Type of Report: Tire
This is not a safety defect in accordance with the Safety Act. However, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the agency.
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The speedometer gear set can fail. Symptoms include an inoperative speedometer, severe lack of power, and/or a transmission which stays in third gear. In some cases, the "OD Off" light may also flash.
A driver may not be aware of increased speed due to the speedometer not working correctly.
Dealers will inspect the speedometer gear set and if necessary, will replace the speedometer gear set at no charge. This extended warranty covers necessary repairs due to failure of the vehicle's speedometer gear set from 9 years from the original warranty start date with no mileage limitation.
Note that all 1994 models are now well beyond "9 years from the original warranty start date," and this program has ended; this page remains here for historical purposes.