On August 5, 2015, Mazda announced that they are recalling their biggest SUV in order to fix suspension parts that easily rust and come loose, sometimes causing a loss of steering control, a defect that could potentially increase the risk of auto accidents. According to Click On Detroit, the recall covers more around 193,000 CX-9 SUVs in the United States from the 2007 through 2014 models. Specifically, Mazda said in documents filed with the U.S. Safety regulators that front ball joints can rust from water leaks and separate from the suspension.
The ball joints of the vehicle allow the wheels to pivot when the steering wheel is turned, and without this feature functioning properly the driver can lose control of the steering and potentially cause an auto accident. Mazda dealers will replace the ball joints on both sides of the vehicle. Owners of the older models in states where salt is used to clear roads will receive their repairs first. During June 2015, the NHTSA opened an investigation on this issue, and have recently come to the conclusion that a recall is necessary. No crashes or injuries have been reported so far from this issue.
This isn't Mazda's only recall of the year. Exactly one month before this recall, on Friday, June 5, 2015, according to CBS Detroit, Mazda announced that they were recalling nearly 540,000 cars and pickups in the US and Canada. The reason for this recall was because of defective airbags on the driver's side of the car. 503,000 cars had an issue with the driver's side airbags and 35,000 pickup trucks had a similar issue with the passenger side airbags.
If you have been injured in a car crash involving a recall or defective car, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our accident attorneys are here to help you with questions about insurance problems, medical expenses, and pain and suffering benefits as allowed by Michigan law. Call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.