April 12, 2006

Ford, GM, Mazda recall cars for safety problems

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co., General Motors
Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. are recalling almost 35,000 cars
for a range of defects, U.S. safety regulators said on

Ford is recalling over 19,000 Mustang Cobras from the 2003
and 2004 model years because the accelerator pedal can stick on
the floor carpeting in the car, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration said.

The NHTSA said the accelerator problem could cause crashes
when the pedal catches on a cutout area of the floor carpeting
during sharp acceleration. Ford will install carpet "shields"
to address the safety issue, the agency said.

In addition, GM is recalling almost 13,000 Buick Lucerne
and Cadillac DTS sedans because of faulty power steering hoses.

The hoses on some of the 2006 models of those GM cars
equipped with V8 engines are prone to separate and leak
steering fluid, regulators said. That could cause drivers to
loose steering power at low speeds or trigger engine fires.

GM will replace the defective parts, the NHTSA said.

Mazda is also recalling about 2,600 MX-5 Miatas from the
2006 model year because the driver-side front air bags are
prone to dislodge a horn assembly from the steering wheel.

The regulatory agency said that problem, which is prone to
happen at very cold temperatures, could injure drivers.

Mazda will replace the front air bags on the cars at risk
for the problem, the NTSA said.