Mazda recalls 217,000 Tribute SUVs

Karen Bleier/AFP

(AP) DETROIT - Mazda is recalling about 217,000 Tribute SUVs to fix a problem that can cause the gas pedals to stick.

It's the same problem that forced Ford to recall 485,000 Escape SUVs on Thursday. The Tribute and Escape are essentially the same vehicles.

The Mazdas are from model years 2001 through 2008 and are powered by 3-liter V-6 engines.

The cruise control cable can get snagged on the engine cover and cause the accelerator to stick if the driver has pushed the gas pedal close to the floor.

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Dealers will install fasteners to create more space between the cables and the cover. Parts are expected to arrive in mid-August.

Mazda says if customers have concerns about their Tributes before that, dealers will disconnect the cruise control until the parts arrive.