Mazda Recalls 190K SUVs Over Loss Of Steering

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Being able to steer your vehicle in the direction that you want it to go is paramount to, you know, driving. So when that doesn’t work properly, it’s time for a recall. That’s why Mazda is calling back more than 190,000 SUVs to replace potentially defective parts.

The carmaker plans to recall 190,102 model year 2007 to 2012 Mazda CX-7 vehicles after finding they may contain an issue that causes a loss of steering control.

According to a notice [PDF] posted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, water may enter the vehicles’ front suspension ball joint fittings.

If the water entering the vehicle joint contains salt — such as from driving over snowy, treated roads — the ball joint may corrode and separate from the lower control arm, resulting in a loss of steering control.

Mazda says it will notify owners and dealers will replace both the front lower control arms when parts are available.

As a priority, Mazda will first address all affected 2007-2008 vehicles as well as 2009-2011 vehicles currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia. West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

All remaining vehicle will be recalled when parts are available.

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