As we've seen with the situation involving General Motors, recalls can affect models built years or even more than a decade ago. The Mazda Tribute has not been built for more than five years, but more than 100,000 of the compact crossover are being recalled for a suspension component that could be susceptible to corrosion in some areas. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is also subject to a recall for a transmission fluid line that could come loose and cause a loss of acceleration.
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute models built between May 22, 2000 and December 19, 2003. Affected vehicles are those originally sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Vehicles sold or operated in these areas could experience excessive corrosion on the lower control arm. A failure or separation of the control arm could result in a loss of steering control.
For Nissan Pathfinder models built between April 18, 2012 and October 3, 2012, a hose could detach from the internal oil cooler, resulting in a transmission fluid leak. The leak and loss of pressure could cause the vehicle to stop accelerating, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mazda Tribute owners will receive an interim notification on or around May 19, 2014, and affected vehicles will receive a reinforcement cross-brace, when available. The recall on the Pathfinder begins in May 2014. Nissan owners can call 800-647-7261, and Mazda owners can call 800-222-5500. The NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline can also be called at 888-327-4236.