The Office of Defects Investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into reports of decreased breaking ability requiring increased stopping distances in 2008 Mazda CX-9 vehicles, report news sources.
The probe was opened following a submission by Mazda to the NHTSA of data that included reports of incidents ranging from 2008 into 2010. The data also reflected a high number of warranty claims and break service reports.
In most cases, Mazda dealers said the primary cause of the reduced brake effectiveness was an internal brake fluid leak. Brake fluid leaked from the master cylinder into the vacuum booster. Break fluid entering the vacuum booster can lead to decreased break effectiveness, which in turn can lead to extended stopping distance.
The investigation will determine the frequency, scope and safety implications of the alleged defect. Depending on the agency’s findings, a recall could be the next step after the investigation.
I hope that drivers who experienced brake issues were able to avoid collisions and injuries. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I will be interested in the findings of the ODI’s investigation and whether a recall is deemed necessary. To stay safe, I encourage all motorists to regularly maintain and monitor the performance of their vehicles.