Mazda Canada is recalling 20,531 Tribute SUVs from the 2008-2011 model years due to a possible fault in the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system that could result in an immediate loss of power steering assist without warning to the driver. This would unexpectedly increase the steering effort necessary to steer the Tribute at lower speeds, thus increasing the risk of a crash.
Mazda dealers will reprogram the EPS controller with updated software. In the event that an EPS fault occurs, this updated software would allow for continued EPS function while displaying visual and audible warnings to the driver until the end of the drive cycle.
Source: Transport Canada