Mazda is recalling more than 300,000 Mazda3 and Mazda5 sedans and vans in North America to fix problems with the power-steering system that could lead to a crash. It’s the same problem the automaker addressed in Japan a year ago. The recall involves model year 2007-2009 Mazda3 and Mazda5 vehicles built from April 2007 through November 2008. The recall involves 215,000 vehicles in the United States and 100,000 vehicles in Canada and Mexico.
Mazda said the vehicles could have a sudden loss of power-steering assist, making it difficult for the driver to steer and increasing the risk of a crash.
Mazda says the vehicles could have a sudden loss of power-steering assist, making it more difficult for the driver to steer the vehicle.
The government originally began an investigation into steering problems in the vehicles in June. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) had received 33 complaints alleging steering problems, including three crashes.
According to the NYHSA web site, Mazda will begin notifying owners of the 2007-2009 models about the recall in September.
The automaker said it has not received any reports of crashes or injuries related to the recall issue.