Robert A. Solomon, P.C.
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Mazda Tribute recall hopes to help drivers avoid car accidents

As one of the most popular automakers in the United States, there is no guessing at the fact that many New Jersey residents drive one a Mazda Tribute.

Despite the fact that Mazda North American Operations puts a lot of time and effort into manufacturing high quality, reliable and safe vehicles, the company has plans to recall 33,000 Tribute models that were made between the years of 2008 and 2011.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall is related to an issue that could disable electric power steering assist. In a statement, the NHTSA said, "The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash."

If the NHTSA believes that a problem exists that could lead to a crash, it is safe to assume that a recall will be coming from the company. This is exactly what happened with Mazda.

To fix the issue, Mazda dealers are able to update the software. Along with this, if a history of fault codes is present, the dealer is able to change out affected parts for free.

At this time, there have not been any reports of car accidents related to this problem. That said, the potential for this happening remains.

Some car accidents are caused by the negligence of another driver, but there are also those caused by a faulty car part, which is why Mazda decided to issue this recall. Those who are injured or who have lost a family member because of an accident caused by a faulty part may have a civil case for compensation against the automaker of the vehicle.

Source: Edmunds, "2008-'11 Mazda Tribute Recalled for Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist" Anita Lienert, Jun. 18, 2014

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