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    Both Mazda and Ford say there are no reports of cruise control or accelerators jamming on in Australia.

Mazda lagged behind Ford for recall on identical defect.

Mazda’s slogan might be “zoom zoom” but it took seven days longer than Ford to announce an identical recall for a jammed throttle -- for a car made on the same production line.

Mazda is recalling 26,000 Tribute SUVs made between December 2000 and February 2007 because, according to the Federal Government’s recall website, “the engine [could] be stuck at full power when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost-fully depressed.

“A throttle that is stuck fully or almost fully open may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle. This risk exists regardless of whether or not cruise control is being used.” Only models powered by the 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine are affected. There may be inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the cruise control cable, the safety bulletin says.

Mazda spokesman Steve Maciver told News Limited: “The reason we took longer [than Ford to notify customers of the recall] was to make sure we had the repair procedures in place … and ensure we had enough parts to supply. “We have sold more than triple the number of cars than Ford in that period.”

Ford Australia last week announced a recall of 8798 Escape SUVs built between November 2001 and February 2006. Ford and Mazda, longtime joint venture partners, built the same cars on the same production line in Japan, although the last 2000 Mazda Tributes caught up in the recall in Australia came from a factory in Taiwan. Both Mazda and Ford say there are no reports of cruise control or accelerators jamming on in Australia.

In North America, where the recall originated, Ford is recalling 484,000 Escape models while Mazda is recalling 217,000 Tribute SUVs. Both companies say the free repair work takes less than one hour but customers may need to leave their cars for longer to cope with the log-jam.

Meanwhile Jeep is recalling more than 900,000 Cherokee 4WDs, including up to 11,000 in Australia sold between 2002 and 2004, because the airbag could go off unintentionally. Safety authorities report there have been more than 200 instances of Jeep airbags going off without warning.

The latest recalls pale compared to Toyota’s famous 2010 recall of 9 million cars in North America – the biggest in the automotive industry – because of concerns of stuck accelerator pedals and/or jammed floormats. In May that year, Ford Australia recalled 5000 sets of floormats for its Territory SUV for a similar issue.'

This reporter is on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling

 

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  • The recall occurred in June 2012 in USA for the identical car and defect! Why has it taken 5 extra months here?

    Craig of Mordialloc Posted on 04 December 2012 12:09pm
  • We reported this problem to Mazda almost four years ago. Our Tribute was hurtling down the Pacific Highway on Australis Day 2009 with the accelerator cable jammed on the engine cover. Fortunately my husband was able to eventually slow down thanks to a big hill, putting car in neutral and turning ignition to accessories. This also caused lack of power assisted brakes and steering. Luckily there was no-one in front of us and no bends at the time. The NRMA mechanic removed the engine cover. We wrote to Mazda and Ford but neither took us seriously. So it is not true they had no incident reports in Australia! Perhaps the press release should have said there were no reported deaths or injuries.

    Jane Symons of Port Macquarie Posted on 29 November 2012 3:13pm
  • Haha Joshua Gover

    Ghost Writer Posted on 20 November 2012 8:16am
  • Joshua, it would be really excellent and complete reporting if you could tell me how many incidents have occured in Australia so far. Generally, I like to know what level my "irrational panic dial" should be set to on any given day. I, like many others, am easily frightened by media reports like yours. But thankfully, like all the other manufacturers you listed above, recalls are part of a quality assurance and safety program. Thanks again for your rigorous reporting.

    Gawler Dave of gawler Posted on 14 November 2012 5:21pm
  • @Joshua Dowling (AKA Paul Gover) maybe Mazda think that they are better than Ford. Very arrogant -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joshua Dowling is not a pseudonym or some kind of ghost pen name for Paul Gover. Mr Dowling is our new National Motoring Editor, keen car guy and avid carnivore.

    Holden Bogan Posted on 14 November 2012 10:01am
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