NHTSA opens preliminary probe into 2010-2011 Mazda CX-9

Article by Anita Panait, on February 18, 2014

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation into reduced brake effectiveness for around 62,319 Mazda Motor Corp. CX-9 large crossover vehicles covering model years 2010 and 2011. According to documents filed online, NHTSA launched the probe after receiving seven consumer complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted braking.

A preliminary evaluation is the initial step in a process that could result to a recall if NHTSA determines a carmaker needs to address a safety issue. A Mazda spokesman said the carmaker was cooperating with NHTSA officials in the probes. NHTSA documents say that consumer reported incidents of the brake pedal suddenly feeling hard, thus needing increased effort to stop the vehicle.

The NHTSA had started a probe into leaks in the brake master cylinder in the 2008 CX-9 but closed it in April 2012 due to a low probability the condition could affect brake performance. In the probe into 2010-2011 CX-9s, complaints included possible loss of power assist to the brake and reduced brake effectiveness. Several consumers also reported hearing a hissing noise during brake application.

Mazda CX9 is roomy and can comfortably accommodate six people. It has a sleek look bearing a high emotional appeal, thanks mainly to its thin tapered windows, silhouette with flat windscreen angle, rising belt line, and large fenders.

At the front, the car emphasizes its build quality and power with its big bumper, sculptured bonnet, and sleek headlamps with silver-colored edges that wrap around the fenders. Meanwhile, the car’s rear design showcases a large rear bumper that conveys strength and stability and a 5-point rear window. The CX9 also features sporty touches, including dual trapezoidal exhaust pipes, a roof spoiler, and 10-spoke, 20” aluminium alloy wheels.

The CX9’s insightful details, such as its lamps’ silver-look moldings, the chrome for the grille bar and the car’s front intake areas, and turning signals in its side mirrors, add a touch of prestige that comes with owning a new CX9.

While the CX9 looks a lot like a sports car instead of an SUV, the vehicle’s interior uses its full size to deliver SUV roominess as well as high-quality materials and craftsmanship. It is 5,089-mm long, 1,936-mm wide, and 1,728-mm high. Passengers are greeted by the vehicle’s decorative, wood-like décor on the sides of the center console, as well as at the ends of the dashboard.

In addition, the cockpit features a driver cluster complete with black-out meters, silver rings, and indirect illumination. It also has leather seats with a sporty look, matched with durable and high-quality stitching, which are also matched to superior-quality trim materials and silver accents. There are two interior color packages available: black and sand.

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