TOKYO – Mazda North American Operations is giving its U.S. Mazda5 owners $500 cash and will reset their warranties to make amends for a transmission programming problem that could have caused a vehicle fire. About 2,100 U.S. customers will get letters this week, advising them of MNAO’s offer and providing technical information about the problem, a spokesman says. Mazda5 No one was injured, but there were three fires reported that have been linked to extended high-rpm operation. The ...

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