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Recall: 2001-2002 Mazda Tribute SUVs for brake fluid leaks

Consumer Reports News: January 30, 2012 09:38 AM

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Nearly 52,400 Mazda Tribute sport-utility vehicles are being recalled, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2001-2002 model year SUVs from Mazda may leak brake fluid from the master cylinder. If the fluid comes into contact with wiring for the anti-lock brake system (ABS), an engine fire could occur says NHTSA.

According to the NHTSA, the problem affects 2001-2002 Mazda Tribute vehicles made from April 20, 2000 through July 19, 2002. And until Mazda can perform repairs, the safety agency advises consumers to park their Mazda SUVs outside of garages or other enclosed spaces.

Starting today, Mazda is expected to begin notifying Tribute owners affected by this recall, which the company has identified as "safety recall campaign number 6712A." Mazda will replace the vehicle's brake master cylinder reservoir cap and modify the ABS electrical system free of charge.

For more information, Mazda Tribute owners can call the company at 800-222-5500. Consumers can also contact the NHTSA (toll-free: 888-327-4236) or visit the agency's website:

Recall: 2001-2002 Mazda Tribute - Brakes     Campaign ID #: 12V016000 [NHTSA]

Updated 5/3/2012, correcting phone number for Mazda.

Paul Eng

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