Japan-based Mazda Motor Corporation has recalled 52,390 Tribute compact sports utility vehicles in coordination with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the recall report, the vehicles’ master brake cylinder reservoir could leak fluid, which can drip onto and corrode the anti-lock braking system module’s wire harness and cause melting, smoking, and possibly fire, much like a recent Ford vehicle recall due to the same problem.
The affected vehicles are Mazda Tributes from the 2001 and 2002 model years. Owners can find out if their car is covered by the recall by looking at the vehicle build date inside the driver-side doorjamb. Mazda is currently in the process of informing owners about the recall and their dealers will fix the problem at no cost to consumers. Until then, Mazda urges owners to park their vehicles outdoors.
This type of defect can seriously affect the vehicles’ safety, value or use, and can lead to a serious accident. If any of the affected vehicles require multiple repair attempts to fix the problem, or are out of service for a minimum of 30 days for the problem, it may qualify as a lemon.
Southern California consumers who claim their vehicle is a lemon may be entitled to their money back or a new car. However, the process is not easy and manufacturers may be difficult to deal with. If you believe your car is a lemon, Riverside lemon law lawyer Howard D. Silver can help. Call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver today for more information at (866) 49-LEMON.