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Wednesday, 18th August 2010
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Mazda recalls 300,000 cars

Japanese motor manufacturer Mazda has announced it is recalling more than 300,000 cars over problems to do with potentially faulty power steering.

The vehicles will be recalled in the US, Canada and Mexico and the cars affected are Mazda's 3 and 5 models, which were manufactured between April 2007 and November 2008.

The majority of the cars - around 215,000 - will be recalled in the US, a country already hit hard by a series of recalls among Japanese car manufacturers. Earlier this year, Toyota boss Akio Toyoda was called before US Congress to explain safety problems with the firm's Prius model which are thought to have contributed to a number of fatal road traffic accidents.

According to Mazda, the fault could see cars suddenly lose power steering which may make it harder for the driver to control the vehicle.

The same issue in the same cars was fixed in Japan a year ago and has been a subject of ongoing investigation by Mazda for the past two.

However, the firm said it has as yet received no reports of crashes directly linked to the problem with power steering.

Written by Mark Smith 

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