On the heels of a GM recall of crossover SUVs, a Mazda recall has also been put into effect. The Mazda recall is a tad more serious, as the defect in question is more vital than the GM recall. Mazda has noticed a flaw in the power steering system, whereas GM merely has some issues with seat belts. Mazda had noted the same problem in Japan last year, and waited to see if the defect manifested in American models. To address the issue, Mazda has announced a recall for the United States.
Steer your Mazda to a dealership
According to the New York Times, the defect is a flaw in the power steering pump system. The power steering system can build rust internally, which can leak into the pump and cause it to malfunction or stop working completely. The power steering system could potentially shut off, causing steering to be far more difficult and potentially cause an accident. Mazda knew of the defect by June of last year and has been watching to see if the defect manifested itself in American models.
First seen in Japan
The company observed the problem in Japan and began an “improvement campaign,” which is a recall in all but name. There were more incidents noticed there than have been observed in America. Mazda dealers were given notice and technical data on how to fix the defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an investigation, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Three crashes occurred in the 33 complaints that were made to the NHTSA.
The affected models
There are 215,000 of the models in question in the U.S. alone, which are Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 vehicles from model years 2007 to 2009. Take your car to the nearest Mazda dealership if you own one. Power steering problems are serious. Should the steering system lock up or power steering should disengage, a crash may result.
More information on this topic
New York Times: http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/mazda-recalls-215000-cars-for-power-steering-problem/
Salt Lake Tribune: http://sltrib.com/sltrib/money/50126001-79/mazda-vehicles-seat-problems.html.csp
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