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Automotive News is reporting that Mazda has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will recall over 200,000 2007 to 2009 Mazda3 and Mazda5 models due to faulty power-assist steering pumps and pipes. The recall announcement comes two months after NHTSA launched an investigation into 33 complaints of power steering failures. In three cases, the loss of steering control led to an accident.

Robert Davis, Mazda's senior vice president of product development and quality has told AN that the power steering system can shut down because sensors in the pump can be contaminated with rust from pipes that connect the pump to the steering rack. The contamination could cause the power steering pump to shut itself down to prevent further damage. When the power steering shuts down, affected vehicles will still be steerable, but the loss of power assist will make steering effort markedly heavier than what drivers are used to.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by Mazda to bring their Mazda3 or Mazda5 to the nearest dealership for a new steering pump and pipes. This recall notice has yet to be added to be made official by NHTSA on its website.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Had this problem on my '09 Mazda 3. I was told that it was more likely to occur after the transition from spring to summer; this now makes sense given this official explanation of the problem.

      Had the relevant hardware replaced in Toronto under warranty at the beginning of the summer. Relatively painless (excellent dealer), except that it took a while because there were 12 cars there for the same problem and the parts were backordered from Japan. I just hope they replaced the pipes and not just the pump itself, since they might not have known that they were part of the problem at the time. I have to look into this...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I experienced it two times in my '04 '3: luckily both times was in a parking lot - one time while I was driving, and another time while my sister was driving.

      And whenever I turn the wheel, I hear this whining noise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 2007 Mazda 3s GT with 37k on the odometer and never once lost the power steering. I guess there is a first time for everything.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shoulda went with braided lines. No rust, no fuss'd. And purtier too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a 2009 mazda 3 and the 1st problem i had was sittin in traffic on a very hot day and th power steering went out pulled over and turned off the car and when we turned it back on everything was working fine. Took it to the dealership and they replaced it no problem since it was a recall
      joanne cutillo
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a madza 3 ,5 speed this also happened to me when i started the car i thought something strange was going on so i drove it a few block;s and it was really hard without the power steering .when i reached my destination i shut it off and went into the store wgen i left and turned the car back on it was ok no problem since then but now i will call the dealership to get this problem fixed as i'm still under warranty ...............cutilllophila5
      • 5 Years Ago
      On top of the steering in my 04 Mazda 3 my A/C compressor blew up. My doors dont unlock with the remote. .. The front fender clip broke.. my tires are constantly going flat.. and so many issues with the fuel system. Love the car but way too many problems.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had this same problem with my 2004! Spent so much money trying to get it fixed. Thanks Mazda. Ridiculous
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why in hell would anyone want power steering on a car that size? Torque Steer?
      • 5 Years Ago
      My '09 Mazda3 hatchback just did this about 3 wks ago while sitting in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic leaving town. It was the first time I had ever seen a "power steering failure" light on the dash, and I could barely turn the wheel. Unfortunately, even though the owner's manual said to shut the engine off and restart it, that didn't solve the problem, and as traffic let up, I ended up driving down the highway another 20 miles at 70 mph without any power steering! Fortunately, during a 5 minute pit stop, it righted itself and has worked fine ever since.
      • 5 Years Ago
      After calling the dealership they said they are not going to recall cars. Of course what does the dealership really know. The service technician said that they are only looking at cars that the steering indicator light has turned on as they need to be able to pull a code thrown by the computer if there is an issue. Isn't that a little late?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Our 2009 has done this a few times - by hard to steer, they mean almost impossible. I don't think my wife could have driven the car. I've driven older non-power steering cars before but this took a lot of strength to steer - even while moving.
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