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TOKYO SHOW: Mazda cancels safety kit demos after dealer crash

By Graeme Roberts | 18 November 2013

Mazda Motor has cancelled a test drive of vehicles equipped with its automatic braking system at the Tokyo show.

The move was in response to an accident at an event held by a Mazda dealer in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Jiji Press reported.

During the event, a CX-5 equipped with the collision avoidance system drove into a fence and injured two people, including a visitor driving the car. The system is designed to automatically activate the vehicle's brakes when it detects an obstacle ahead.

Mazda had planned to allow visitors at the motor show, open to the public from 23 November, to try out its Atenza (6) sedan and wagon, both equipped with the same system.

The automaker said it would forgo public events for the time being in order to test the safety of its vehicles.