Mazda Motor Corp. is one of the largest automakers in the world. For this reason, there are millions of these cars on the road. Many of our Texas readers, among others, have fallen in love with this brand over the years. While this may be true, it does not change the fact that the company has run into its share of hard times.
Recently, Mazda has issued a recall of 109,000 Tribute SUVs in the United States market. This recall targets rusting frame parts that could become an issue in cold weather states. These cars were sold in 20 states, as well as Washington, D.C.
This particular recall impacts models that were manufactured between the years of 2001 and 2004. The company believes that rust on part of the frame could lead to a loss of steering.
According to a company spokesperson, there have not been any injuries or accidents related to this potential problem. For those who own a vehicle affected by the recall, a brace can be installed to protect against trouble.
This same issue led to a Ford recall of 386,000 Escape models. Both vehicles are built at the same plant and share some parts.
When defective products make their way to market, it is important for the company in charge to act as quickly as possible in issuing a recall. In this case, Mazda made the right decision. Unfortunately, it is hard to say if everybody who owns one of these vehicles is going to visit a dealer for the specified remedy.
Source: Reuters, “Mazda recalls 109,000 SUVs in the United States for rust issue” No author given, Apr. 21, 2014