NHTSA investigating Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV for brake issues

NHTSA investigating Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV for brake issues

According to a Reuters report, issues with effectiveness of power brakes in the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV are been investigated by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The investigation covers approximately 62,300 Mazda CX-9 SUVs from model years 2010 and 2011.

About the investigation, the NHTSA has revealed that it has opened a preliminary evaluation into the Mazda CX-9 vehicles on the basis of seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes in the affected vehicles.

As per the complaints, the problems affecting the under-investigation vehicles chiefly relate to increased brake pedal effort and reduced brake effectiveness. Some of the owners of the vehicles have also reported that there is a hissing sound when they apply the brakes.

Despite the fact that there have been no reports of any crashes caused due to the brake problems in the affected Mazda CX-9 SUV models, the NHTSA said that the investigators will check into whether the issues is big enough to lead to a recall.

Meanwhile, revealing that Mazda is cooperating with NHTSA in the investigation into the brake effectiveness of the Mazda CX-9, the company's spokesman Jeremy Barnes said in an email that the owners of the affected vehicles can call their dealers to schedule an inspection if they are experiencing brake problems.