Mazda Motor Recalls Some 2001-2002 Tribute Models on Brakes

Mazda Motor Corp. (7261) is recalling almost 52,400 Tribute sport-utility vehicles from the 2001 and 2002 model years because leaking brake fluid could corrode connectors and possibly cause a fire.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disclosed the recall today on its website. The Japanese automaker alerted the agency to the recall on Jan. 19.

NHTSA said the brake master cylinder reservoir cap can leak fluid, which may corrode the anti-lock braking system module’s wiring harness and cause melting, smoking or even fire. A total of 52,390 vehicles built between April 2000 and July 19, 2002, may be involved, the agency said.

The recall is set to begin Jan. 30. Dealers will replace the master cylinder reservoir cap and modify the anti-lock braking system free of charge, the agency said.

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