Mazda North American Operations has announced that they will be recalling certain model year 2001-2004 Tribute vehicles manufactured between May 2000 and December 2013. A separation of the lower control arm can result in the loss of steering control.
The lower control arm, which is a piece of the front suspension, can corrode and eventually separate. According to a statement posted on Mazdausamedia.com there have been no accidents or injuries as a result of this situation.
Mazda will notify owners beginning in May. Owners will be able to bring their vehicles in for inspection at a local dealership. Additionally, if the vehicle needs a new cross-brace, Mazda will provide a free vehicle rental until the new part is available.
Tributes sold or currently registered in the following states may be affected:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
The car accident lawyers at Greg Coleman Law believe that all auto manufacturers should be held responsible for their actions, including failing to warn the public early on about potential hazards such as the ones in the Mazda Tribute.