WASHINGTON (June 26, 2013) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted Mazda North American Operations' petition for a finding of inconsequential noncompliance involving tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) information for 16,748 Mazda-brand vehicles sold or leased in Puerto Rico between 2007 and 2012.
The finding means that Mazda will not have to conduct a formal safety recall of the vehicles.
According to a notice in the June 24 Federal Register, the vehicles were delivered to Puerto Rico with the owners' TPMS information in Spanish only. The federal TPMS standard requires auto makers to provide owners' information in both Spanish and English.
Mazda argued that the noncompliance was inconsequential, because Spanish is the prevalent language in Puerto Rico and because the English version is readily available from Mazda's website or from Mazda dealers.