2008-'11 Mazda Tribute Recalled for Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist | Edmunds

2008-'11 Mazda Tribute Recalled for Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist


Just the Facts:
  • Mazda North American Operations is recalling 33,000 2008-'11 Mazda Tribute SUVs for a problem that could remove the electric power steering assist.
  • Mazda dealers will update the software for the power steering control module and the instrument cluster module.
  • The recall is expected to begin in July.

WASHINGTON — Mazda North American Operations is recalling 33,000 2008-'11 Mazda Tribute SUVs for a problem that could remove the electric power steering assist, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "As a result, the system could remove the electric power steering assist.

"If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash."

The affected Tributes were built from October 5, 2006 through September 11, 2010.

There have been no reports of accidents or injuries due to this issue, according to Mazda.

Mazda dealers will update the software for the power steering control module and the instrument cluster module. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the power steering control module when the vehicle is brought in for the repair, the affected components will be replaced for free.

The recall is expected to begin in July. Owners can contact Mazda at 1-248-295-7859.

Edmunds says: This Mazda Tribute recall does not begin until next month. If you are experiencing a problem with your vehicle now, take it into the dealership immediately.

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