The U.S. arm of Japanese automaker Mazda Motor Corp. has recalled nearly 200,000 crossover sport utility vehicles due to faulty suspension parts that corrode from exposure to winter road salt. The voluntary recall covers 193,000 Mazda CX-9 vehicles of the model years 2007 to 2014. According to a statement from Irvine, California-based Mazda North America Operations, vehicles manufactured during that time contain suspension ball joint fittings that are prone to deteriorating which can allow water to enter, causing looseness and even separation from the lower control arm. NHTSA launched a probe of the CX-9 on June 9 following six consumer complaints detailing ball joint-control arm separations — one of which took place at 40 miles an hour. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation started the probe when the complaints began increasing in frequency in the first half of 2015.
Mazda says it has prioritized its recall in states that use roadway salt to combat snowy and icy driving conditions. The company said that, after it notifies the owners of subject vehicles via mail mail in September, it will replace the lower control arms and spacers of the cars. Mazda noted in its statement that there have been no reports of accidents or injuries stemming from the defect. The priority states include Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Minnesota, Missouri, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York.
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