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2002 MAZDA TRIBUTE Problems & Complaints

Read complaint(s) filed for the 2002 MAZDA TRIBUTE. These complaints & problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. You may file your own complaint for the 2002 MAZDA TRIBUTE by calling the NHTSA Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm at (888) 327-4236, TTY: (800) 424-9153. You can also file your complaint online.

Vehicle Information (379 Complaints)
Date reported Oct 18, 2009
Location SIERRA VISTA, AZ
Manufacturer MAZDA MOTOR CORP
Vehicle 2002 MAZDA TRIBUTE
Transmission Not Specified
Drivetrain Not Specified
Fuel type Not Specified
Occurences 1
Crash involved N
Injuries 0
Deaths 0
Source NHTSA Website
All Complaints

INTERIOR DRIVER DOOR HANDLE DISENGAGED (BROKEN CABLE ATTACHMENT), HANDLE NO LONGER OPENS DOOR. MUST LOWER WINDOW AND OPEN DOOR FROM EXTERIOR HANDLE, NOT SAFE IN CASES WHERE PASSENGERS (DRIVER) NEED RAPID EGRESS. WEAK DOOR HANDLE ASSEMBLY AT POINT OF CABLE ATTACHMENT SEEMS LIKE A DESIGN FLAW/SHORTCUT. THIS ISSUE WAS COMMON ON THE WEB-BASED REPAIR SITES WITH OVER 50 OWNERS REPORTING ISSUES ON 1 SITE ALONE. FACTORY CERTIFIED REPAIR IS $350! CONSEQUENTLY A WORK AROUND HAS BEEN POSTED ON THE INTERNET THAT IS DANGEROUS. INVOLVES DRILLING A HOLE IN THE HANDLE BASE AND REROUTING THE CABLE TO THIS NEW (LESS EFFICIENT) LOCATION. THE POOR DESIGN, WEAK BREAK-STRENGTH AND CRITICAL NATURE OF THE COMPONENT (DOOR HANDLE ASSEMBLY) ALMOST ENSURES THIS COMPONENT WILL FAIL. THE OUTRAGEOUS COST TO REPLACE ALMOST GUARANTEES A STEADY RELIABLE SOURCE OF INCOME FOR MAZDA DEALER RARE DEPT. THE FACT THAT THIS COMPONENT FAILURE DEGRADES THE RAPID EGRESS IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT, IT SEEMS LIKE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR YOUR AGENCY TO ADDRESS.

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