Potential Ball Joint Corrosion, Separation Leads to Mazda CX-7 Recall
water contaminated with salt may cause ball joint to corrode, separate from the lower control arm
Mazda North American Operations is recalling almost 200,000 model year 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7 vehicles.
In the affected vehicles, water may enter the front suspension ball joint fittings. If the water is contaminated with salt, such as from driving 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.
A loss of steering control can increase the risk of a crash.
Mazda will send interim notices to owners beginning around October 10, 2016
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front lower control arms, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Follow-up notices will be sent when remedy 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.
The remaining vehicles will be addressed when parts are available.
For further information regarding this recall, owners may contact Mazda customer service at (800) 222-5500, recall number 9716H.