DETROIT, April 21 Mazda Motor Corp is
recalling 109,000 Tribute compact sport utility vehicles in the
United States to address potential rusting frame parts in
cold-weather states where road salt is heavily used in the
The recall affects Tribute SUVs from model years 2001 to
2004 as corrosion on a part of the vehicle's frame could result
in the loss of steering control, Mazda said in a statement.
A Mazda spokesman said on Monday that there have been no
reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.
A reinforcement brace will be installed on the bottom of the
SUV and customers will be notified of the recall beginning in
May, the spokesman said.
The SUVs were originally sold in 20 states and Washington,
D.C., where salt is used to melt snow and ice on roads.
The same issue caused the recall of almost 386,000 Ford
Escape SUVs earlier in the month. The Tribute and Escape
share mechanical underpinnings and are both built at Ford's
Kansas City assembly plant.
(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit; editing by Matthew Lewis)