Mazda is recalling 215,000 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 vehicles to fix problems with the power-steering system that could lead to a crash.
The Japanese car maker told the US government the recall involved year 2007-2009 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 vehicles built from April 2007 until November 2008.
Mazda said the vehicles could have a sudden loss of power-steering assist, making it more difficult for the driver to steer the vehicle. The car maker said that could increase the risk of a crash.
The government opened an investigation into steering problems in the vehicles in June. At the time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had 33 complaints alleging steering problems, including three crashes.