Another Massive Recall? Ford Announces Power Steering Issues

Last week, a massive recall was caused from issues with Takata airbags. This week, another massive recall has been announced but for a whole new reason.

Ford has announced today that it will be recalling “423,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the power-assisted steering can fail,” says MSN.

How exactly can it fail?

Ford has said that “an intermittent electrical connection can cause the power steering to stop,” which causes the car to move to manual mode. This in turn makes “the vehicles harder to control.”

Which cars are included in this massive recall?

The recall includes “Ford Flex and Taurus vehicles, as well as the Lincoln MKS and MKT from the 2011 through 2013 model years. Also covered are the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ from 2011 through 2012 and some 2011 Mercury Milans,” according to ABC News.

How is Ford going to handle this massive recall?

If your car is one of the models listed for this newest recall, then the dealer should be able to “update power steering control software or replace the steering gear depending on the problem with individual vehicles.”

Also being recalled by Ford at this time is their 2015 Ford Mustang.

This recall includes 19,500 of the latest model Mustang due to “high underbody temperatures that could degrade the fuel tank and fuel vapor lines, increasing the risk of a fire.”

While no fires have been reported at this time, there is also a fear that “the heat can damage the parking brake cable.”

The recall comes from an investigation that began in October of 2014. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began receiving complaints of “power-steering failures on three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models,” leading them to investigate.

The investigation the eventually led to the recall included “938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan.”

A class action lawsuit was filed in June of 2014, and it was determined that “the problem could affect more Ford models, including the compact Focus.”

Ford stated on Wednesday that they thought there was a possibility that the NHTSA would cease investigating with the announcement of the massive recall, but the NHTSA has not commented as of yet.

If you wish to find out if your car was a part of this massive recall, you can check Recalls.gov for more information.

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