Mazda North America is recalling about 190,000 of its CX-7 SUVs over a defective suspension ball joint that can lead to total loss of steering control. Although there are no reported injuries from the defect, Mazda told NHTSA that it will be recalling the CX-7 between model years 2007 and 2012 beginning in early October. Repairs to the defective parts will be performed at no cost to drivers. The purported defect surrounds a ball joint in the car’s lower control arm that is particularly susceptible to water entry. If that water contains salt, as would happen from driving during winter months on snowy roads that have been treated, “the ball joint may corrode and separate from the lower control arm, resulting in a loss of steering control,” according to NHTSA.
Mazda told NHTSA that when the recall begins, it intends to start with the oldest possibly affected CX-7’s and those in states where salt is used on roads in winter months and then carry out repairs on remaining vehicles. All of the potentially affected vehicles were manufactured in Mazda Motor Corp.’s plant located in Hiroshima, Japan.
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