Reports of steering wheel problems have compelled the NHTSA to launch investigations into 2007-2009 Mazda3s and 2003-2005 BMW Z4s, according to US News & World Report. Although equipped with different types of steering systems, both vehicles have been the subjects of consumer complaints about increased difficulty turning the steering wheel.
The BMW Z4 has an electric power steering system, while the Mazda is equipped with an electro-hydraulic assist system. Consumer complaints indicate the Z4 experiences steering problems while the vehicle is operating at higher speeds and temperatures. Mazda became aware of the problem in 2009 and released a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB).
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