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US safety agency probes Mazda door latch problem

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May 14, 2013 08:42 AM EST | AP


DETROIT — U.S. auto safety officials are investigating complaints that doors won't close properly on more than 39,000 cars made by Mazda.

The probe affects Mazda 6 cars from the 2009 model year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received four complaints that the doors wouldn't latch. In one case, a passenger door opened while a car was being driven. The agency says the owners complained that some of the door-latch mounting screws were missing.

The agency will check to see if the problem is big enough to cause a recall. It also will determine if the doors have caused any crashes or injuries.