Photo courtesy of Mazda.

Photo courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda North American Operations is recalling 14,406 2015-2016 model-year Mazda3 cars, so dealers can address a potential fuel leak problem tied to the fuel tank shut-off valve, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

These cars, manufactured this year from May 21 to Aug. 25, are equipped with a fuel tank shut-off valve that can allow fuel to enter into the fuel tank emissions system. If enough fuel enters the emissions system, fuel may leak out onto the ground. Such a fuel leak may result in an engine stall, NHTSA said, and also poses a fire risk.

Mazda dealers will make an inspection. As needed, the fuel shut-off valve and the affected fuel tank emissions system components will be replaced, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin this month. The vehicles involved should not be driven until repairs are completed, NHTSA said. Dealers will provide a loaner or rental car if needed.

Vehicle owners can reach Mazda at (800) 222-5500, option #6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8615J.