Mazda re­calls Trib­ute

NT News - Motoring - - SPORT - By KARLA PIN­COTT

MAZDA has is­sued a re­call on 26,000 of its Trib­ute SUVs for a dan­ger­ous cruise con­trol de­fect that could jam the engine on to full power.

The notice has been given for 3.0-litre V6 Trib­utes sold here be­tween De­cem­ber 2000 and Fe­bru­ary 2007 with fac­tory-fit­ted cruise con­trol.

The Trib­ute, which was dis­con­tin­ued in Aus­tralia in 2008 and re­placed by the Mazda CX-7, is a re­badged ver­sion of the Ford Es­cape that was re­called ear­lier this month for the same de­fect on close to 9000 ve­hi­cles here and 485,000 in the US.

The ve­hi­cles may have in­ad­e­quate clear­ance be­tween the engine cover and cruise con­trol ca­ble, al­low­ing the throt­tle to get stuck, re­gard­less of whether or not the cruise con­trol is be­ing used.

There have been no in­ci­dents re­ported yet of the prob­lem caus­ing throt­tles to jam in Aus­tralian Trib­utes, Mazda spokesman Steven Maciver says.

‘‘The alert was raised in the United States, and we don’t have ex­actly the same set-up for the Trib­ute here, but it’s sim­i­lar so we made the de­ci­sion to re­call,’’ Mr Maciver said. ‘‘The fix is fairly straight­for­ward and takes about an hour.’’

Trib­ute driv­ers are ad- vised to avoid near or fullthrot­tle pedal pres­sure to re­duce the risk of the dan­ger­ous prob­lem oc­cur­ring.

If you ex­pe­ri­ence a stuck throt­tle, you should firmly and steadily ap­ply the brakes with­out pump­ing the brake pedal, shift to neu­tral, steer the ve­hi­cle to a safe lo­ca­tion and switch the engine off af­ter the ve­hi­cle has com­pletely stopped.

Own­ers are ad­vised to contact their clos­est Mazda deal­er­ship to ar­range an in­spec­tion and re­pair. The Trib­ute prob­lem fol­lows the re­call on an­other Mazda, the BT-50, which has a shared plat­form with the Ford Ranger.

The two utes are twins un­der the skin and in parts of the cabin, in­clud­ing the faulty rear seat­back latch that saw a mid-Oc­to­ber re­call on 4258 Ford PX Rangers and has now been cited on the dual-cab BT-50.

‘‘There are about 3500 Mazda BT-50s across Aust- ralia that are af­fected by the re­call,’’ Mazda Aus­tralia spokesman Tony Mee says.

The de­fect is on BT-50s sold be­tween late May 2011 and mid-Fe­bru­ary 2012, with the VIN num­bers from MM0UP0YF100100501 to MM0UP0YF100108651.

The re­call notice says the rear seat­back latch fit­ted to af­fected ve­hi­cles may not en­gage cor­rectly, re­sult­ing in the rear seat­back latch not be­ing se­cured to the body striker and caus­ing the rear seat­back to fall for­ward. The de­fect poses a safety haz­ard to pas­sen­gers, and own­ers are warned not to use a rear­ward-fac­ing child seat in the ve­hi­cle un­til the de­fect is fixed.

How­ever Mee says there have been no re­ports of in­ci­dents or in­juries re­lated to the de­fect. ‘‘Not one re­port,’’ he says, adding that the fix is a rel­a­tively swift one.

The dealer will re­place the link be­tween the rear seat­back re­lease strap and the rear seat­back lock­ing mech­a­nism with a re­vised com­po­nent.

The Ford re­call was the sec­ond on the Ranger within months, with an Au­gust notice is­sued on 16,287 Rangers built in Thai­land from Septem­ber 2006 to June 2011 for a de­fect that risked frac­tur­ing of the tow­bar weld­ing.

A prob­lem with its cruise con­trol sys­tem has led to a ma­jor re­call of Mazda’s Trib­ute SUV

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