Mazda is recalling 109,000 of its Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles’ suspension, which can lead to loss of steering. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the recall affects Mazda Tribute SUVs from the 2001-2004 model year and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension, also known as the lower control arm.

Potential Loss of Steering

In some cases, corrosion can cause the piece to separate causing the loss of steering. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that this can lead to an increased risk of a car accident. So far, Mazda officials say, they have not received any reports of injuries or crashes as a result of this auto defect.

When the recall begins, Mazda will notify owners to bring their vehicles into dealers for an inspection. If the vehicle needs a new cross-brace, customers will receive a free rental vehicle until the new part is available and it can be fixed. This could apparently take several weeks. This recall comes just a few weeks after the automaker recalled 42,000 2011 Mazda6 sedans after an issue with yellow sac spiders.

Auto Product Liability Issues

Steering loss is a serious problem that can result in the driver losing control of the vehicle. Loss of steering could result in a major injury car accident. Anyone who has been injured in a car accident involving one of these Mazda models would be well advised to preserve the vehicle unaltered so an expert can thoroughly examine it for any auto defects, malfunctions or design flaws.

Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit against the automaker or the manufacturer of the defective part. Victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

If your loved one has died as the result of a defective auto, you could file a wrongful death claim against the automaker seeking compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. An experienced auto product defect lawyer will be able to conduct a thorough and independent investigation in your case and ensure that you are fairly compensated for all your losses.