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Ford Recalls 423,000 Sedans, Crossovers for Power Steering Issue

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/27/2015 Jason Udy

Ford is recalling certain 2011 Mercury Milan; 2011- 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ; and 2011- 2013 Ford Taurus, Flex and Lincoln MKS and MKT models for an issue with electric power steering. Additionally, the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost is being recalled for a heat issue that could lead to a fuel leak or affect operation of the parking brake.


2011 Mercury Milan; 2011-2012 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ; 2011-2013 Ford Taurus, Flex, Lincoln MKS, MKT

The Problem:Ford says that a potential intermittent electrical connection in the steering linkage could lead to a loss of electric power steering assist while driving. In such an event, the system will default to manual steering mode, which makes the vehicle difficult to steer at lower speeds and increases the risk of a crash. Four minor accidents have been reported that could be related to the issue. No injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Dependent on the diagnostic trouble codes in each vehicle, dealers will either update the power steering control module’s software or replace the steering gear.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 422,814 vehicles in North America are affected by the recall including certain 2011 Mercury Milan sedans; 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans; and 2011-2013 Ford Taurus sedans and Flex crossovers and Lincoln MKS sedans and MKT crossovers. Ford says that 393,622 vehicles are located in the U.S., 25,295 vehicles in Canada, and 3,997 vehicles in Mexico.

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2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

The Problem: The fuel tank and fuel vapor lines could degrade from prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures, potentially resulting in a fuel leak and increased risk of fire. Elevated underbody temperatures could also cause the parking brake cable to degrade, which might reduce effectiveness of the system and also cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly. Both issues could increase the risk of injury, however no injuries or accidents have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the current fuel tank shield with one with better insulation, install thermal patches on the fuel tank and parking brake cable, and install thermal wraps on the fuel vapor lines.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 19,486 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost models in North America are affected by the recall. The vehicles were built between February 14, 2014 and February 10, 2015 at Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Ford says that 19,095 vehicles are located in the U.S., while 391 are located in Canada.

Source: Ford


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