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Recall 14V174000

Lower Control Arm Can Fail And Separate

Recall Details

In some cold weather states, the lower control arm of the vehicle front suspension may corrode excessively and fracture. Dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace free of charge to resolve the problem.

Our Quick Take

The lower control arm in the front suspension may corrode and separate from the vehicle, resulting in the loss of vehicle control.

What Should You Do?

Mazda notified owners of affected vehicles starting in May 2014. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them. The Mazda recall number is 7514D.

Suspension & Steering, April 4, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
April 4, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
109,000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V174000
Component
Summary
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2001-2004 Tribute vehicles manufactured May 22, 2000, through December 19, 2003, originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. These vehicles may experience excessive corrosion at the forward attachment of the lower control arm.
Consequence
A separation of the lower control arm can result in a significant loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace, free of charge. The recall began on May 29, 2014. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 7514D.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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