52,390 Mazda Tribute compact SUV recalled over brake fluid leak

52,390 Mazda Tribute compact SUV recalled over brake fluid leak

Japanese car maker, Mazda is recalling 52,390 units of Tribute compact SUV’s which were manufactured between 2001 and 2002 over a possible leak of brake fluid. According to the latest NHTSA report, the leaked brake fluid can come in contact with the ABS wiring harness connector, which could result into a fire or corrosion.

Ford Motors and Mazda jointly developed the Tribute compact SUV back in 2001. Ford Escape too is built on a similar platform, because of which the same problem had affected the Blue Oval as well. Ford had recalled over 244,000 units in order to solve the same fault, which now haunts Mazda Tribute.

NHTSA Report

Report Date: January 28, 2012 at 01:00 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V016000

Vehicle Make / Model: MAZDA / TRIBUTE
Model Year(s): 2001-2002
Manufacturer: MAZDA MOTOR CORP
Mfr’s Report Date: JAN 19, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V016000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 52,390

Summary:
MAZDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2001-2002 MAZDA TRIBUTE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 20, 2000, THROUGH JULY 19, 2002. THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR CAP CAN LEAK BRAKE FLUID. IF BRAKE FLUID LEAKS, IT COULD COME IN CONTACT WITH THE ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) MODULE WIRING HARNESS CONNECTOR.

Consequence:
CORROSION MAY DEVELOP IN THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR LEADING MELTING, SMOKING OR POSSIBLE FIRE.

Remedy:
MAZDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE VEHICLE’S BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR CAP AND MODIFY THE ABS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, FREE OF CHARGE. UNTIL THE REPAIR HAS BEEN PERFORMED, VEHICLE OWNERS SHOULD PARK THEIR VEHICLES OUTSIDE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 30, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA AT 1-248-393-5990.

Notes:
MAZDA’S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 6712A. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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