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Recall 05V325000

The Lower Control Arm May Crack

Suspension & Steering, August 30, 2005
Affected Cars

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

The lower control arm may crack in the ball joint socket. In severe driving conditions, the ball may separate from the ball joint socket and loss of steering may occur, which could result in a crash.

What Should You Do?

Please contact your Mazda dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

Due to improper forging of the lower control arm, cracks may occur in the ball joint socket. In severe driving conditions, the ball joint may separate from the ball joint socket and loss of steering may occur, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the lower control arms as required. This recall is expected to begin on August 30, 2005. The Mazda recall number is 3405G.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: August 30, 2005

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V325000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 27,800

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, DUE TO IMPROPER FORGING OF THE LOWER CONTROL ARM, CRACKS MAY OCCUR IN THE BALL JOINT SOCKET.

Consequence: IN SEVERE DRIVING CONDITIONS, THE BALL MAY SEPARATE FROM THE BALL JOINT SOCKET AND A LOSS OF STEERING MAY OCCUR, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE CONTROL ARMS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 30, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA AT 1-800-222-5500.

Notes: MAZDA RECALL NO. 3405G.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236; (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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