Japanese carmaker Mazda has issued a recall for 190,102 CX-7 SUVs in the United States, because of an issue that may cause a loss of steering control.
The issue affects CX-7 built between February 14, 2006, to May 9, 2012.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) water can sneak in between the suspension ball joint fittings. This can lead to corroded joints which can separate from the lower control arms.
The NHTSA on its website said, "In the affected vehicles, water may enter the front suspension ball joint fittings. If the water is contaminated with salt, such as from driving on snowy roads that have been treated, the ball joint may corrode and separate from the lower control arm, resulting in a loss of steering control."
Mazda hasn't released any data about whether any crashes, injuries, or deaths have been caused by the rusting issue.
Owners of the affected CX-7s should visit their nearest Mazda workshop where tecnicians will replace both the front lower control arms. Mazda will replace the rusted parts free of charge.