Mazda is recalling has issued a recall of the 2001- and 2002-model-year Mazda Tribute crossover for a possible brake fluid leak. It's been found that fluid leaking from the reservoir cap on the master cylinder might come into contact with the ABS wiring harness connector, leading to potential corrosion and/or fire.

We've been waiting on this action for the better part of a month, as its mechanical twin, the Ford Escape, was the subject of a similar NHTSA recall announced on January 11. The Blue Oval recall covered some 244,000 units for the same problem.

There are 52,390 Tributes affected in total, and Mazda is taking the unusual step of advising that if you have one, you should park it outside until a dealer has made the necessary repairs. You can find a release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the matter after the jump.
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Report Date: January 28, 2012 at 01:00 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V016000

Vehicle Make / Model: MAZDA / TRIBUTE
Model Year(s): 2001-2002
Manufacturer: MAZDA MOTOR CORP
Mfr's Report Date: JAN 19, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V016000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 52,390

Summary:
MAZDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2001-2002 MAZDA TRIBUTE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 20, 2000, THROUGH JULY 19, 2002. THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR CAP CAN LEAK BRAKE FLUID. IF BRAKE FLUID LEAKS, IT COULD COME IN CONTACT WITH THE ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) MODULE WIRING HARNESS CONNECTOR.

Consequence:
CORROSION MAY DEVELOP IN THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR LEADING MELTING, SMOKING OR POSSIBLE FIRE.

Remedy:
MAZDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE VEHICLE'S BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR CAP AND MODIFY THE ABS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, FREE OF CHARGE. UNTIL THE REPAIR HAS BEEN PERFORMED, VEHICLE OWNERS SHOULD PARK THEIR VEHICLES OUTSIDE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 30, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA AT 1-248-393-5990.

Notes:
MAZDA'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 6712A. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      Vien Huynh
      • 2 Years Ago
      heh, took them 10 years
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, 52,000 vehicles recalled is the threshold for a story here? If that's the case, I'll be looking for a lot of Honda / Toyota recall stories this year, given that they are the recall queens of the automotive world.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      In this case there has actually been fires...where are our Republican consumer watchdogs...Darrel Issa and Mike Kelly?
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        They're busy at the moment trying to help keep this country from falling further down the liberal cliff.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
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      SPG1
      • 2 Years Ago
      IT TOOK THEM 10 YEARS TO FIGURE THIS OUT?
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      johnjhenry1
      • 2 Years Ago
      For you morons who think this is a foriegn car, it's not. It is a Ford Escape with Mazda emblems. I just thought I would let you know before you start ranting about buying American made junk automobiles. There have always been recalls on cars, it doesn't mean they are bad cars. I doubt Toyota ever had a problem with their gas pedals sticking, it was mostly a bunch of idiots trying to use the wrong floor mats. This is more of a Ford problem than a Mazda problem.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnjhenry1
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      Adam Horton
      • 2 Years Ago
      They sold 52,000 suv's??? Wow I'm shocked
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before buying a car or a truck from a foreign company, think about this: Those foreign car companies that are building plants here in the USA pay American workers half of what workers from American car companies make. That's half the money to spend and half the tax revenue collected from wages! Also all the profits from these plants go right back to a foreign country except what goes into our politicians pockets. NOW TELL ME THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY!!!!! No other country would allow foreign companies to take over their auto industry. That is exactly what is happening to the USA!!
        mdennis7352
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Well what your saying is true but their car companies were not goiing bankrupt now were they? I have seen many companies where the employees had great pay and benefits and were laughing all the way to the bank. Unfortuantely all these companies eventually filed for bankruptcy. Both for people and companies alike the word is moderation, when times are good live moderately and build up a cash reserve so when times are bad you can survive. Now if only the executives would follow the same philosophy we would be great.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      i was like "mazda? How!?" then i saw the Ford connection Fire & Oil Related Disasters
      ZEEPEPTHEMAN
      • 2 Years Ago
      t WHAT DO YOU WANT IT IS A FORD, FIX OR REPAIR DAILY OR FOUND ON ROAD DEAD...I HAD ENOUGH TROUBLE WITH FORDS, THATS WHY I DRIVE JAP CARS..MORE RELIABLE..PEP
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