Ford is recalling 1.4 million vehicles spread among four models and their badge-engineered cousins.
2008-2011 Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner/Mazda Tribute
The problem: Sudden power steering failure could occur due to a faulty torque sensor in the steering column. Steering can still be manipulated manually, however.
Number of vehicles affected: 915,216 in total, with less than 200,000 being in Canada and Mexico.
The fix: According to Autoblog, “Dealers will perform one of three service fixes, depending upon what diagnostic codes are shown when the vehicle is taken to the dealer,” says Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker. “They will either update software for the power steering control module and the instrument cluster module; replace the torque sensor; or replace the steering column, which includes upgraded power steering control module software.”
2011-2013 Ford Explorer
The problem: A similar problem as above, but due to a short circuit. Manual steering is still available if there is a failure.
Number of vehicles affected: 195,527 in total, with about 18,000 in Canada and Mexico.
The fix: According to Automotive News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that Ford will inform owners of affected vehicles by July 25.
2010-2014 Ford Taurus
The problem: Corrosion in the license plate lamp.
Number of vehicles affected: About 200,000 Taurus sedans in the Rust Belt; owners in southern regions likely won’t have this issue.
The fix: Dealers will replace the license plate lamp assembly.
2006-2011 Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan/Lincoln Zephyr/Lincoln MKZ
The problem: Foormats may interfere with the accelerator pedal.
Number of vehicles affected: 82,576 sedans.
The fix: Dealers will replace the floormats with newer items.
Contact: Owners of affected vehicles may contact Ford Motor Company at 800-392-FORD (3673) or your local dealership.