WASHINGTON — Mazda North American Operations is recalling 193,484 2007-'14 Mazda CX-9 SUVs in the United States for a potential steering problem due to ball-joint corrosion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The affected vehicles have front-suspension ball joints that may corrode from water leaking into the fitting," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "Over time, the ball-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 a crash."
Mazda issued a stop-delivery order to dealers on the affected CX-9s on July 17.
There have been no reports of accidents or injury related to the recall, according to Mazda spokeswoman Tamara Mlynarczyk.
The affected CX-9s were built from October 24, 2006, to December 28, 2013.
Mazda dealers will replace the left and right lower control arms. Dealers are waiting for parts to become available to fix the problem.
In early September, owners will be mailed an interim notification of the recall. When remedy parts become available, owners will be mailed a second notification.
The recall will begin with 2007-'09 vehicles registered in so-called salt-belt states.
The second phase will be for 2010-'14 vehicles in the same states. Finally, all remaining vehicles will be repaired.
Owners can contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.
Edmunds says: Owners must wait for parts to become available before scheduling a service appointment. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.