Mazda to recall 640,000 vehicles globally over diesel engine issue

TOKYO (Reuters) - Mazda Motor Corp on Thursday said it planned to recall around 640,000 vehicles globally to fix issues including a problem with the valve springs used in its diesel engines.

The Japanese automaker said it would recall around 230,000 vehicles at home and a total of around 410,000 units in overseas markets, excluding the United States, where the automaker does not sell diesel models.

Mazda's recall comes after domestic rival Subaru Corp <7270.T> last week said it would recall 400,000 vehicles globally to fix a design flaw in the valve springs used in its engines, costs for which would eat into the automaker's full-year profit.

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1. Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe: Discontinued after 2018.

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2. Cadillac ATS Sedan: Discontinued after 2018.

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3. Cadillac ATS Coupe: Discontinued after 2019.

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4. Chevrolet City Express: Discontinued after 2018.

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5. Chevrolet Sonic: Expected to be discontinued as early as 2018.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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6. Ford Fusion: To be discontinued by 2020.

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7. Ford Taurus: To be discontinued by 2020.

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8. Ford Fiesta: To be discontinued by 2020.

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9. Ford C-Max Hybrid: Discontinued after 2018.

Source: Automotive News

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10. Ford Focus sedan: Discontinued after 2018.

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Japanese automakers are dealing with a rise in quality issues ranging from faulty components to testing misconduct, which are increasing costs and raising questions about quality controls.

(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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