Mazda is recalling roughly 109,000 model year 2001-2004 Tribute vehicles 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.
The recalled Tributes may experience excessive corrosion at the forward attachment of the lower control arm. A separation of the lower control arm can result in a significant loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mazda will notify owners of the affected Tribute vehicles, and local dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace, free of charge.
The parts required to remedy this recall are not currently available. Mazda expects to send an interim notification letter to owners around May 19, 2014. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter with instructions for scheduling the repair.
If customers bring their vehicles to a dealer before reinforcement crossbraces are available, dealers will inspect the subframe and either inform customers that the vehicle is safe to drive until the remedy parts are available or provide a rental vehicle until parts are available if an immediate repair is needed.
For more information on this recall, contact Mazda toll-free at 800-222-5500. Mazda's reference number for this recall is 7514D.