Cape Town - A number of Mazda3 and Mazda5 models sold locally are subject to a recall following reports of power steering problems.
FMCSA issues Mazda recall
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s Lloyd Marlowe has said that 2 240 Mazda5 and 660 Mazda3 vehicles produced in 2007 and 2008 are affected.
Reports have stated that rust from a high-pressure pump could strain the power steering pump and cause the system to shut down.
Locally, the company is implementing a voluntary recall to repair the potentially faulty power steering system and will be contacting customers directly to liaise the repair of their vehicles.
“For the South African market, we will send out an official letter to all owners of affected vehicles towards the end of August 2010, notifying them of the pending repairs, and asking them to wait until preparations for the repairs can be completed,” Marlowe said.
“Following this, we will send out a second letter in stages asking owners to drop off their vehicles for repair. We are aiming for the staggered repair of all affected vehicles to be completed by roughly March 2011, depending on the response rate from our customers.
“However, customers who are experiencing steering power related concerns should contact our dealer network immediately.”
Mazda last week recalled more than 200 000 vehicles in the US citing the power steering problem, but this later increased to more than 500 000 vehicles as the recall was expanded to include Europe, Australia and Africa.