Mazda says it is recalling about 217,500 Tributes from the 2001-6 model years as well as some from 2008 to fix a problem with the cruise control cable that could lead to unintended acceleration.
The recall is related to Ford’s recall Thursday of about 421,000 Escapes from the model years 2001–4 with the 3-liter V-6 engine for the same problem. The Escape and Tribute are mechanical siblings.
Mazda informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its plan for a recall on Thursday evening, Tamara Mlynarczyka, a Mazda spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail.
The recall is to increase the clearance under the engine cover to eliminate the chance that the cruise-control cable could be damaged.