Ford Motor Co. has launched two safety recalls for more than 440,000 North American vehicles because of power steering glitches or elevated underbody temperatures. Neither has caused injuries, according to the automaker. This comes one month after a prior recall involving power steering concerns. The first set of recalls involves nearly 423,000 vehicles, including certain 2011-2013 Ford Taurus and Flex vehicles and Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles, plus certain 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles and 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles. Ford said it issued the recall after learning of a potential intermittent electrical connection in the steering gear that might result in the loss of electrical power steering while driving. “If this happens, the steering system defaults to manual steering mode, making the vehicle more difficult to steer, especially at lower speeds,” Ford said in a statement. “This could result in the increased risk of a crash.” The company said its dealers will either update software for the power steering control module or replace the steering gear, depending on what diagnosis determines is needed.
Separately, Ford is recalling about 19,500 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles with a 2.3-liter engine for elevated underbody temperatures. The automaker said prolong exposure to elevated underbody temperatures might degrade the fuel tank and fuel vapor lines, which could result in a fuel leak. Prolonged exposure to such temperatures could also cause parking brake cable seals to degrade, potentially affecting parking brake functions.
Ford acknowledged that a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of fire. The automaker also said impaired parking brakes could result in unexpected vehicle movement. The company said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires from this problem. Ford dealers will replace the current fuel tank shield with better insulating capability, install thermal patches on the fuel tank and parking brake cable and install thermal wraps on the fuel lines.
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