217,500 Mazda Tribute Models Recalled for Sticking Throttle
V-6 Models Have Inadequate Clearance for Cruise Control Connector
Following the nightmare Toyota had to endure two years ago, it seems automakers are wasting no time addressing issues related to sticking throttles. The latest recall involves 2001-2006 and 2008 Mazda Tribute models equipped with the 3.0L V-6 engine. The company is recalling more than 200,000 models for the throttle sticking it is fully or almost-fully depressed.
The Problem: V-6 Tribute models may have inadequate clearance between the engine cover and cruise control cable connector, causing the throttle to become stuck open when the accelerator is fully or almost-fully depressed. The risk is independent of the driver's use of cruise control.
The Fix: Mazda will notify owners and repair the vehicles by increasing clearance between the engine cover and cruise control connector. The recall campaign is expected to begin August 6, 2012. Concerned owners can contact Mazda at 800-222-5500, Option 6, or call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
Number of Vehicles Affected: 217,500 2001-2006 and 2008 Mazda Tribute models equipped with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine.