Mazda Recalls 190k CX-7 Crossovers Over Risk of Steering Loss
Front Ball Joints Could Corrode in Salty Environments
Mazda will recall certain CX-7 crossovers manufactured between February 2006 and May 2012 over concerns that suspension corrosion could result in a loss of steering control.
Found via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, the recall will address a possible flaw in the front suspension ball joints that allows water to enter the joint. In snowy regions where roads are treated with salt, the ball joint could corrode and separate from the lower control arm, causing a loss of steering control.
Mazda is aware of the issue and will begin notifying owners in October. Older model-year CX-7s will be addressed first, with later-model vehicles repaired according to geography (Mazda will repair CX-7s in more rust-prone states first). That means vehicles currently registered in the Northeast, Midwest, and Appalachia will receive priority service.
Mazda will replace both front lower control arms free of charge, using parts that will prevent such issues from reoccurring. Thus far, it doesn’t seem as though the defective parts have actually caused any crashes, injuries, or deaths, but obviously, owners and dealers should make repairing the affected Mazda CX-7 crossovers a priority, just in case. Repair parts will be available later this year.
Of note, the first-generation Mazda CX-9 was recalled for a very similar issue last year.