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1999 Mazda Protege - Over the last week or so the "emergency brake applied" light has been going on and off intermittantly. Yesterday, when I started up the car there was a plastic burning smell but the car seemed to run fine. The smell was back this morning when I was driving to work. Part way to work the radio cut out and the "air bag" light started to flash. Then, when traffic slowed to a stop, and I stopped and then tried to start moving again, the car had lost electrical power and shut off and there was no battery power to restart the car. We pushed it to the side of the road and got a boost, and after that the car seemed to work fine, although the funny smell persisted. We checked the battery terminals and ensured that the battery is connected properly (i.e. no loose connection). Any thoughts?

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I had a similar problem once. I would take it to AutoZone or Advance Auto Parts and get them to scan it for codes, they will usually do it for free. It could be the speed sensor, at least that was the problem for me. Hope this helps.

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