RECALL ALERT: Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles
Ford announced on Thursday that four recalls affecting at least 1.4 million vehicles. The majority of recalled vehicles are popular SUVs that may have steering issues.
The steering issues impact 915,000 Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners from model years 2008 through 2011, and around 196,000 Ford Explorers from 2011 through 2013.
Faulty sensors and electrical connections could cause the vehicles to lose power steering, which would make steering more difficult and increase the risk of a crash. Not all vehicles have the same issue, and fixing it requires either replacing a part or a software upgrade.
Ford is aware of 20 accidents and eight injuries that may be related to the steering problems.
Ford is also recalling 196,600 Taurus sedans from model years 2010 through 2014. Corrosion due to road salt could cause the license plate lamp to short circuit, overheat, and cause a fire.
Ford believe that 18 fires are connected to the issue.
Ford said they will replace the part. The recall applies to vehicles in 20 states and the District of Columbia where road salt is used to treat roads in winter storms.
The fourth recall involves floor mats that can be improperly installed and come in contact with the accelerator pedal. This recall involves about 82,500 mats available for the 2006 to 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ.