Mazda Motor is recalling more than 300,000 cars in North America to correct a problem with the vehicles' power steering that could lead to a crash.

The Japanese automaker said power-steering units installed in the cars could suddenly fail, making it difficult for drivers to steer and possibly resulting in a crash. Mazda said it hasn't received any reports of crashes or injuries related to the defect.

Vehicles involved include 2007 through 2009 Mazda3 and Mazda5 models. The recall includes 215,000 cars sold in the U.S., and 100,000 sold in the Mexico and Canada. The vehicles were manufactured from April 2007 through November 2008, according to a posting on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

The U.S. agency opened an investigation in June, after receiving 33 complaints alleging steering problems, including three crashes.

The problem is one Mazda has had to previously address. The company began fixing vehicles in Japan for the same problem last year and has investigated the issue for two years, the Associated Press reported.

Mazda said it was first informed of similar steering problems in Japan in March 2008 and began its own probe four months later after receiving additional complaints, the news agency reported.

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I guess they should blame the drivers like toyota does.Thats the easy way out.

August 26 2010 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I had a Mazda B1600 and swore I would never buy another Mazda\and never have.

August 19 2010 at 8:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Big Bad John

OK people lets just lay it out straight & tell the truth about today's Automobiles.If you by Foreign Vehicles the bottom line most of your money goes to the Company and where they are located.Toyota -Japan, Mercedes-Germany, Ford America,Chrysler-China,and so on and so on.So if you buy American it stays in America,it helps the American economy so why buy Foreign why send your money to another country.If you think Foreign are better cars Then you better do your Homework.

August 18 2010 at 7:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

ALL auto manufacturers have recalls. It's a fact of life and of doing business. You're F-150 is NO exception. Probably one-third of the total parts (engine, transmission, tires, electrical components of that AMERICAN F-150 you drive are made elsewhere. I have personally owned 2 Mazda MX-5 Miata's and by far, they were the best cars I have ever owned.

August 18 2010 at 7:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sorry all the problems-i drive a 2001 Ford F 150 truck -hubby has a 1999-both made in Virginia-the good old US !! Wont buy foreign cars-sorry i wont support foreign companies-BUY AMERICAN!! DEMAND AMERICAN! Thats the only way our country is going to get better!

August 18 2010 at 6:24 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

It feels good to hear negative comments about another car manufactuer. Toyota has been taking a beating because of alot of bogus claims forthe gas pedal issues. First, Mazda and Nissan warranties suck from what I hear. Toyota stepped up a couple of years ago and repurchased Tacoma trucks for bad frame issues (the frames which were not even manufactured by Toyota. Toyota repurchased my older Tacoma for almost twice of what it was worth prompting me to buy a brand new Tacoma to replace it because I se Toyota was trying to regain customer loyalty. Would Mazda, Nissan, GM, Ford or Chrysler ever do that?? Absolutely not. Sounds like you couldnt even get a faulty taillight bulb replaced from these other companies. Advice---check out Toyota and what they do to take care of their customers.

August 18 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply


August 18 2010 at 6:10 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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You can call a mechanic and schedule an appointment to get your Mazda6's power steering problem repaired. This recall is for the Mazda3. If you were so 'absed,' you wouldn't have given a car with a known power steering problem to your child. Apparently it's only upsetting to you when the dealer issues a recall.

August 19 2010 at 10:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Love my Mazda7 :)

August 18 2010 at 5:51 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Folks I have read all kinds of recalls, and all kinds of blogs. and now the real truth which might hurt some feelings. "quality" at one time here in america it used mean something. but of course with corporate greed the bottem line now is king. also the consumer is also the blame, more then anything. we want vehicals to be more fancy and expensive then the homes we live in. instead of haveing a machine to take us from point a to point b and back again. we want things like blue tooth, usb ports, navigation systems,ect,ect. having been in the automotive field for many years manufactures say throw this crap and other stuff on this model. don't really care if works, but joe public will buy it. so when pepole start getting back to what we need, instead of what we want. we the consumer will suffer when it comes to QUALITY.

August 18 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I have owned Mazdas continually since 1973, and presently own six. It's a good thing that they build quality cars since they absolutely suck on warranty coverage. They're about on a par, in the gutter, with Nissan, except that they build a much better product. Tonight I am driving a Nissan Altima and a Mazda 6 side-by-side. The Mazda is so superior that there is no comparison, except that they both have lousy warranties. That's what happens when the bean counters get control of companies. All CEO's should have to come up through production, not finance.

August 18 2010 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jdhegnes's comment

I also own a Mazda and Nissan (3 and Sentra) and not only is the Mazda cheaper, but it looks more slick and is much more affordable. This is my second Mazda and I'll continue to buy Mazdas for life! I too, had the power steering issue (before they were recalled) and my dealer fixed the issue for free, even though I was about 2,000 miles over my warranty. Also agree that their warranty is horrible. I hope all these recall issues prompt the government to tighten safety issues a bit more though, because my infant son was in the car both times the power steering went on me and it was a very frightening experience.

August 18 2010 at 5:51 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply