Part Prone to Corrosion Prompts Recall of Mazda Sport Utility Vehicle
Mazda is recalling its first North American full-size crossover.
The Japanese manufacturer announced a voluntary recall for certain model year 2007-2014 CX-9 vehicles, due to the discovery of a defect in the front suspension ball joints. The joints are prone to corrosion caused by water leaking into the fitting.
Over time, the joint corrosion may result in the front lower control arm separating from the ball joint, causing a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of crash. Mazda is recalling almost 200,000 vehicles in association with this defect.
The recall will begin with model year 2007-2009 vehicles 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, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The second phase will be for model year 2010-2014 vehicles in the same states.
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left and right lower control arms, free of charge. Owners will first be informed in September, and will be mailed a second notification when the remedy parts are available for their model. Owners with questions can contact Mazda customer service at (800) 222-5500.