Mazda has issued a stop-sale action for its CX-5, due to concerns for fire risks. The directive for dealerships to hold off selling this fuel-efficient SUV precedes an expected recall on 2014-2016 CX-5s.

The 2013 CX-5 is not included in this action. Mazda explained to Consumer Reports that a production change that contributed to this problem was made in summer 2013, affecting 2014 models.

The company advises that, in a rear collision, the fuel filler pipe could rupture, causing a potential leak. Mazda states that approximately 264,463 vehicles are affected in the U.S. No accidents or injuries have been associated with this problem.

Until the recall fix is available, dealers will offer a free loaner, demo, or rental vehicle to owners who are concerned about the risk. Mazda advises that the preventative repair is relatively easy, and they expect a solution to be provided to dealerships within days.

Priority will be to correct vehicles in inventory, then roll out the fix to consumers after due notification.

Update: Mazda sources tell us that the fix will be made available to dealers, starting Friday, Feb. 5th. It will entail removing a bolt to prevent stress on the fuel filler and add protection with anti-corrosion spray. Owners will be notified shortly thereafter.

2016 Mazda CX-5 exterior