Mazda is recalling 52,390 Tribute SUVs from the 2001 and 2002 model years for a problem with their brakes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Tribute’s brake system could leak brake fluid. If the brake fluid leaks, it’s possible that the fluid can come in contact with wires that control the anti-lock brake system.
“Corrosion may develop in the electrical connector leading melting, smoking or possible fire,” NHTSA reports. NHTSA says that owners should park their Mazda Tribute outside until the vehicle has been taken in to the dealership to be fixed. This is unusual compared with most vehicle safety recalls, but with the possibility of a fire occurring, owners should heed this warning.
Affected Mazda Tribute SUVs were built from April 20, 2000 through July 19, 2002. You can check to see when your 2001 or 2002 Mazda Tribute was built by checking the sticker on the inside of the driver’s side door jamb.
Mazda dealers will replace the brake master cylinder reservoir cap and adjust the ABS electrical system free of charge. Owners will be contacted by Mazda soon. If you own one of the affected Tribute SUVs, you can call Mazda with any questions at 1-800-222-5500 or NHTSA’s safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Owners can also visit NHTSA online at www.safercar.gov.
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