Mazda recalls 217,500 Tribute SUVs 2001-2006 and 2008 models, following the Ford Escape recallBy Angel Cuala on Jul 29, 2012 in Automobile, United States •
Mazda is recalling around 217,500 Tribute SUVs 2001-2006 and 2008 models to fix throttle problem, following the earlier Ford Escape recall, where more than 484,000 Escape 2001-2004 models worldwide were recalled to fix sticking gas pedals, a month after the NHTSA opened a probe involving 68 complaints.
2001 Mazda Tribute
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According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its official website on Saturday, July 28, 2012, this Mazda Tribute recall was announced since these vehicles were jointly developed with the recalled Ford Escape and share the same design.
As noted in the report, the only affected Mazda Tribute vehicles are those equipped with the 3-liter, V6 engine, and cruise control, similar with that of the recalled Ford Escape; wherein there could be inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector.
When this happens, the throttle may be stuck when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost-fully depressed. The vehicle may run very fast and would be difficult for the driver to stop or make it slow, which could cause a crash and death; just like what happened to the 2002 Ford Escape of the 17-year old girl named Saige Bloom last January.
Mazda noted that they will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance, with no extra charge, with the recall being expected to begin on or before Monday, August 6, 2012, the same target date that Ford told to their Escape owners.
For more information about this Mazda recall, owners are being advised to contact Mazda Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-222-5500, select option #6, or contact NHTSA Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit SaferCar.gov.
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