Corrosion in the lower control arm is prompting a recall of 109,000 Tribute SUVs from the 2001-2004 model years. The corrosion can cause the control arms to fracture which – as the name implies – would make it very difficult to control your vehicle.
As is often the case, corrosion recalls like this are limited to vehicles sold or currently registered in specific states where road salt is heavily used. As if this winter hasn’t been bad enough for the people of: 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.
Mazda will install a reinforced cross-brace to prevent fracturing, problem is those parts just aren’t available yet. In the meantime, concerned owners who want their vehicles inspected can bring them in to a dealer. If any fractures are found, Mazda will provide a rental until the parts are ready.