Mazda Recalling 27,800 RX8 Sports Cars in US

Mazda announced, on July 21st, 2005 that the foreign car giant is recalling 27,800 RX8 sports cars because of reports indicating a problem with the front suspension that could lead to a loss of steering resulting in a crash.

Due to improper forging of the lower control arm, cracks may occur in the ball joint socket, in some cases leading to a failure of the socket to hold the ball joint in place.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the ball joint can separate from the ball joint socket causing the loss of steering and potential crash. This is clearly a significant safety issue that can result in damage to property, injury or death.

Neither Mazda nor the NHTSA mentioned any known incidents or injuries; in fact, there is no indication as to how this defect came to light in the current releases. Although the issue has been allegedly reported to Mazda, we do not know if it is as a result of internal testing or in actual motorist usage.

According to Mazda US dealers will repair the RX8 when the recall gets underway in August 2005.

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If you are or were the owner of a Mazda RX8 Sports car and experienced a loss of control due to a front suspension failure or any similar such failure, which resulted in property damage, injury or death, please complete the form below. If a loved one was involved in an accident where they were injured or killed while riding in a Mazda RX8, we suggest that you fill out the form as well, since you may not have been informed of the true cause of the accident or it's true nature might not have been apparent at the time of the accident. This issue may not have been recognized at the time of the accident in question, and it could have been assumed that a separated ball joint could have been a result of the accident, not the probable cause.

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The oil has been checked as recommended on the warranty(every 2 gas fill ups) and the engine just died. When the car was inspected at the Mazda dealership, it was concluded a new engine was needed, but not covered because the oil was low. How can they say the oil was not maintained when I checked a normal oil level just a fill up ago? Mazda should honor the warranty.

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