Tribute owners are advised to avoid near or full-throttle pedal pressure.
Mazda has issued a recall on 26,000 of its Tribute SUVs for a cruise control defect...
...that could jam the engine onto full power.
The notice has been given for 3.0-litre V6 Tributes sold here between December 2000 and February 2007 with factory fitted cruise control.
The Tribute, which was discontinued in Australia in 2008 and replaced by the Mazda CX-7, is a rebadged version of the Ford Escape that was recalled over a week ago in numbers close to 9000 here and 485,000 in the US with the same defect. The vehicles may have inadequate clearance between the engine cover and cruise control cable, allowing the throttle to become stuck, regardless of whether or not the cruise control is being used.
There have been no incidents reported yet of the problem causing throttles to jam in Australian Tributes, Mazda spokesman Steven Maciver says. “The alert was raised in the United States, and we don’t have exactly the same set-up for the Tribute here, but it’s similar so we made the decision to recall. “The fix is fairly straightforward and takes about an hour. We’ll be contacting owners shortly – we’re just waiting for confirmation of parts supply,” he says.
Tribute owners are advised to avoid near or full-throttle pedal pressure to reduce the risk of the dangerous problem occurring. If you experience a stuck throttle, you should firmly and steadily apply the brakes without pumping the brake pedal, shift to neutral, steer the vehicle to a safe location and switch the engine off after the vehicle has completely stopped.