Mazda North American Operations is recalling 190,102 model year 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7s manufactured February 14, 2006, to May 9, 2012.
Water may enter the front suspension ball joint fittings. If it's contaminated with salt, such as from driving on snowy roads that have been treated, the ball joint may corrode and separate from the lower control arm, resulting in a loss of steering control.
A loss of steering control can increase the risk of a crash.
What to do
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front lower control arms, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Mazda will send interim notices to owners beginning around October 10, 2016, and send follow-up notices when remedy parts are available.
As a priority, Mazda will first address all affected 2007-2008 vehicles as well as 2009-2011 vehicles currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia. West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. The remaining vehicles will be addressed when parts are available.
Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 9716H.