Steering failures prompt Mazda CX-3 recall
Mazda has issued a recall for the 2016 CX-3, affecting 578 units sold in the US market.
The lower mounting nuts securing the strut assembly to the steering knuckle may not have been tightened properly. The bolts can loosen over time, initially causing a rattling noise but eventually causing the strut assembly to separate from the steering knuckle.
“A separation of the front strut and steering knuckle can cause significant loss of steering control and increase risk of a crash,” the company warns.
The defect was traced to a problem with the automatic tightening system at Mazda’s assembly factory in Hiroshima.
Affected vehicles will be inspected to ensure proper tightening of the suspect bolt.