190,000 Mazda CX-7 Crossovers Recalled for Possible Suspension Corrosion, Failure

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Mazda is recalling 190,102 CX-7 crossovers in the U.S. for front suspension parts that can rust and fracture, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2007–2012 CX-7 has ball joints that can corrode and cause the joint and the front control arms to separate from the wheels, which can lead to unstable handling and a loss of steering. Mazda said it began investigating the problem in August 2015 and had received seven reports of ball-joint separation in North America. As of now, Mazda has also recalled 193,484 CX-9 crossovers in the U.S. for the same problem, despite first learning of it back in May 2012. While broken control arms and ball joints may rattle, these parts also may break off without any audible warning to the driver, according to complaints related to the CX-9 recall.

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Starting in October, dealers will replace both front control arms and schedule repairs based on vehicle age and registration. All 2007–2008 models will be repaired first, followed by 2009–2011 models registered in 21 “salt belt” states, and also Washington, D.C. (see full list here). All other CX-7 owners will then get a final notice to bring their cars in for repair. The CX-7 was discontinued in 2012.

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