2001-2004 Mazda Tribute Recalled For Potential Steering Problem

April 22, 2014

Mazda has issued a recall for Tribute SUVs from the 2001-2004 model years. In a statement from the automaker, Mazda estimates that some 109,000 U.S. vehicles are affected by the recall.

DON'T MISS: NYC Taxi Driver Dodges $28,000 In Tolls By Tailgating

The problem with the Tribute stems from corrosion on the underside of the vehicle, which appears to be caused by the salts used to de-ice roads in colder states. Mazda says that in some cases, the rust and corrosion can be so severe that it may force the front lower control arms to separate from the Tribute's subframe. 

The lower control arms aid in steering, so if they were to become detached or otherwise disabled, a driver would have less control over the vehicle's direction. That, in turn, would dramatically increase the risk of an accident. However, Mazda notes that it knows of no accidents or injuries associated with the problem.

Typically, recalls like this are limited to vehicles currently or previously registered in a handful of states, but in its brief announcement, Mazda doesn't acknowledge whether that's the case here. However, this recall sounds suspiciously like the one issued for 2001-2004 Ford Escapes earlier this month, which only affected vehicles in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The similarity isn't coincidental: the Tribute and the Escape were developed and produced together, and in many ways, they're nearly identical.

ALSO SEE: 2015 Toyota Camry Video: New York Auto Show

Mazda says that it will notify owners of the recall this May. If you own a Tribute SUV and have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to contact Mazda customer service at (800) 222-5500.

___________________________________________

Follow The Car Connection on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

2017
The Car Connection
See the winners »
2017
The Car Connection
 
The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.
Ratings and Reviews
Rate and review your car for The Car Connection
Review your car