Mazda is expected to recall 200,000 Mazda3 and Mazda5 compacts over a faulty steering system, with power steering pumps and lines being the target of the recall in particular.
NHTSA has been investigating 33 complaints of malfunctioning power steering systems, with 3 cases leading to accidents after a loss of steering control.
According to reports, the power steering system is prone to being shut down due to fault sensors in the pump can be contaminated with corrosion. The pump shuts itself down as a safeguard, and while the steering is still operable, it is much heavier than most drivers are used to.
A recall notice is now up on NHTSA’s website.