The Mazda Tribute

Mazda recalls 217k+ SUVs for unintended acceleration risks

Mazda Motor Corp has just announced that they will recall over 217,000 Tribute models over a concern that these vehicles may exhibit sudden unintended acceleration – the same mechanical issue that lead Ford Motor Company to recall some 485,000+ Escape SUVs yesterday.

The first steps that led to the recall of over 217,000 Mazda Tribute sport utility vehicles started back in December of 2004 when Ford Motor Company recalled almost a half million Escape SUVs over a concern that the accelerator cable could be faulty. That original recall also pertained to the Mazda Tribute SUVs from the same year which were mechanically identical to the Ford. Unfortunately, it seems that during the repair process for that 2004 recall, the cruise control cable that runs alongside the accelerator cable could have been damaged and that damage could lead to unintended acceleration. The actual cause of the cruise control related sudden unintended acceleration is the engine cover on 3.0L V6 models, which can hang up the accelerator cable if the cruise control cable is damaged. Ford Motor Company realized the risk of damaging the cruise control cable and issued a bulletin to their dealerships but by that time – over 320,000 Ford Escape SUVs had been serviced with potentially damaged cruise control cables. Interestingly, while the Escape and Tribute from 2001-2004 were both included in the original recall, Mazda did not notify their dealerships to be especially careful with the cruise control cable when replacing the accelerator cable.

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