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Mazda recalls 88K vehicles over supercapacitor glitch

Problem may cause acceleration problems or engine stall.

Mazda is reportedly preparing to recall certain Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 models due to a programming bug in the engine control computer.

The issue is said to be related to the company's regenerative braking system, which converts deceleration energy into electricity that is stored in a supercapacitor for later use by the vehicle's 12V electronics.

If the control computer is not functioning properly, the vehicle could have problems accelerating properly or the engine could stall. The company has yet to associate the problem with any accidents or injuries, however.

The recall appears to be limited in scope, affecting 88,000 vehicles globally and just 6,500 in North America. The issue is said to be present on some models that were manufactured between October 2012 and January 2014.

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