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Automotive News reports that Mazda has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will recall more than 200,000 2007-2009 Mazda3 and Mazda5 models due to faulty power steering pumps and hoses. The announcement of the recall comes two months after NHTSA launched an investigation into 33 complaints of power steering failures. In three cases, the loss of steering control resulted in an accident.
Robert Davis, senior vice president of product development and quality at Mazda, told AN the power steering system can shut down because the pump sensors can be contaminated with rust from the hoses that connect the pump. to the steering rack. Contamination could cause the power steering pump to shut down to prevent further damage. When the power steering stops, the affected vehicles will still be steerable, but the loss of power assistance will make the steering effort significantly heavier than what drivers are used to.
Owners of affected vehicles will be advised by Mazda to bring their Mazda3 or Mazda5 to the nearest dealership for a new steering pump and hoses. This recall notice has not yet been added to be formalized by NHTSA on its website.