Mazda has announced a recall of its Ford-built Tribute SUV over issues with the power steering.
Vehicles from the 2008 through 2011 model year are affected by the issue, which is a poor signal to noise ration in the torque sensor of the electric power steering system. This makes it so that the power steering control module can’t determine the driver’s steering input, which causes the vehicle to revert to manual steering mode.
A total of 33,000 Tribute SUVs are affected by this issue in the United States.
Dealers will update the power steering control module so that is doesn’t remove power steering assist for a single torque sensor fault. The software update will also provide both audible and visual warnings to the driver if a torque fault is detected.
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