Ford Motor Company has announced a recall involving certain model year 2013-2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles as well as certain model year 2015 Ford Edge SUVs over an issue that could result in the loss of power steering assist.
The problem: in the affected vehicles, snow or water containing road salt or other contaminants may corrode the electric power steering gear motor attachment bolts. If the bolts corrode, the steering gear motor may detach from the gear housing, resulting in a loss of power steering assist. Loss of power steering assist would require a higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may increase the risk of a crash.
- 2013-2015 Ford Fusion manufactured February 3, 2012 to March 20, 2015
- 2013-2015 Lincoln MKZ manufactured February 3, 2012 to March 20, 2015
- 2015 Ford Edge manufactured February 26, 2015 to February 28, 2015
The vehicles must have been originally sold or currently registered in the following 21 states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
- The District of Columbia
Number of vehicles affected: 487,301.
The fix: Ford will notify owners and dealers will apply sealer and replace the steering gear motor bolts as needed. If one or more of the steering gear motor attachment bolts are broken or missing, a new steering gear will be installed in the vehicle.
The repairs will be performed free of charge.
Owners should: the recall is expected to begin June 22, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and reference:
- NHTSA campaign number: 15V250000
- Ford recall number: 15S14
- Ford customer service: 1-800-392-3673
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov