2001-2002 Mazda Tribute: Recall Alert

January 30, 2012

Mazda is recalling certain 2001-2002 model year Tribute compact SUVs equipped with an anti-lock brake system (ABS) over concerns that a leaking brake master cylinder reservoir cap could cause a fire.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 52,390. Affected vehicles were built at Ford’s Kansas City assembly plant from April 20, 2000 through July 19, 2002.

2001 Mazda Tribute SUV LX

2001 Mazda Tribute SUV LX

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The problem

At issue is a potential defect in the brake master cylinder reservoir cap that could allow brake fluid to leak. If brake fluid does leak, it could come into contact with the vehicle’s ABS module wiring harness connector.

The potential consequence is that corrosion may develop in the electrical connector, leading to melting, smoking or the possibility of fire.

What Mazda will do

Mazda will notify owners of affected vehicles, instructing them to take their vehicles to dealers who will replace the brake master cylinder reservoir cap and modify the vehicle’s ABS electrical system, free of charge. The Mazda safety recall campaign is expected to begin January 30, 2012.

The NHTSA notice and documentation from Mazda state that until the repair is performed, owners should park their vehicles outside.

Owners of 2001-2002 Mazda Tributes with any questions or concerns may contact Mazda at 1-248-393-5990.  Reference the Mazda safety recall campaign No. 6712A. This recall is related to 4507C, conducted in April 2007, in which Mazda recalled vehicles to address potentially missing or misplaced seals in the wiring harness connector to the ABS module electronic control unit.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V016000.

This is the same issue addressed in the recent Ford recall of 2001-2002 Escape SUVs.

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