WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Mazda Motor Corp. is recalling 25,400 MY 2010 Mazda3 vehicles because a clearance between the engine harness and the housing of the starter motor may be insufficient. 

Because of this clearance issue, the covering of the harness may be damaged through vibration during operation, possibly causing a short circuit between certain harness wires and the starter housing. A short circuit could result in engine control malfunction or poor shift quality, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website reported. As a result, the main fuse may blow out, causing the engine to stall or to lose its ability to restart. This increases the risk of a crash, the NHTSA said. 

To remedy the problem, dealers will inspect the engine harness and add a protector clip on the affected section of the harness. If needed, the harness will be repaired. This service will be performed free of charge. 

Owners may contact Mazda at (800) 222-5500.