Mazda Motor Corp is recalling 217,500 Mazda Tribute SUV's modle years 2001 through 2006 and 2008, that are equipped with 3.0 liter engines and cruise control. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the cruise control cable can get stuck under the engine cover and cause the throttle to stick and may result in very high speeds and make it difficult for the vehicle to stop.
The company decided to order the recall a day after a similar recall by Ford. Ford recalled almost 500,000 Escapes from the model year 2001-2004 because of the same problem. The Ford Escape and Mazda Tributes were made on the same assembly line during 2001-2004.
U.S. safety regulators are investigating if the stuck throttle was the cause of death of a teenager from Arizona in January. The Arizona teenager was driving her 2001 Escape for the first time when the vehicle accelerated out of control. She avoided hitting other cars until she hit a grey sedan causing her vehicle to flip 3 times and she was thrown from her SUV. Her mother followed in horror knowing there was nothing she could do to help her daughter.
The Bloom family's attorney hired an inspector to look under the hood of the Escape and found the cruise control cable had been broken and stuck under the engine cover leaving the throttle wide open.
Some auto safety experts are saying the recall is not doing enough. Ford and Mazda are just fixing the clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable, the experts think the problem is the actual cable itself not the engine cover.
Over 700,000 Ford Escapes and Mazda Tributes are being recalled.