In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating power- steering failures on numerous Ford vehicles. Ford is now recalling 423,000 cars and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in the United States because of power-assisted steering failure.
The recall covers the following vehicles: Ford Flex, Taurus, Lincoln MKS and MKT from the 2011 through 2013 model years. In addition, the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ from 2011 through 2012.
It was discovered that the intermittent electrical connection can cause the power steering to stop, sending the steering into manual mode, and thus making the cars difficult to control. Ford admits knowledge of crashes due to the problem.
Ford is also recalling over nineteen thousand 2015 Mustangs with 2.3-Liter engines due to elevated underbody temperatures that could degrade fuel vapor lines and the fuel tank resulting in increased risk of a fire. In addition, the heat can damage the parking brake cable.
More Information about Vehicle Recalls
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration new search tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to learn if a vehicle has been repaired as part of a safety recall in the last 15 years. https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/