Mazda recalls 109,000 Tributes over potential control-arm separation

The Tribute recall echoes a similar recall of its sibling, the Ford Escape (pictured).

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs from the 2001-04 model years because of rust that could cause separation of the lower control arm from the vehicle’s subframe.

The recall covers vehicles sold in states where high corrosion is likely to occur, mainly those where roads get salted in the winter.

It follows a recall last month of the Tribute’s sibling, the Ford Escape. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Ford was recalling 385,762 2001-04 model year Escapes to replace a nearly identical rusting problem.

Dealers will install a cross-brace reinforcement to any vehicle affected by the recall. Mazda expects to send out notices around May 19 and a second letter once parts become available to make the repair.

NHTSA closed a similar investigation into Ford vehicles last year, and the company recalled 370,000 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles from the 2005-11 model years to inspect and repair the lower steering shaft. These vehicles also were sold in “salt belt” states.

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