Ford has announced that it is calling back about 1.1 million SUVs in two separate recalls due to issues with the power steering.
About 915,200 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles from the 2008 through 2011 model year are affected by the first recall. In those vehicles, the power steering can stop working. Ford says the issue is caused by poor signal to noise issues in the torque sensor, which can result in the loss of power steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
In the US, Ford knowns of five crashes and six injuries connected to the issue.
The second recall is also for loss of power steering, and it affects 195,527 Explorer SUVs in North America, from the 2011 to 2013 model year. In these vehicles, a potential intermittent electrical connection in the steering gear may cause loss of electric power steering while driving.
Depending on what diagnostic code is shown, dealers will perform one of three different fixes for both power steering recalls. They will either update software for the power steering control module, replace the torque sensor or replace the entire steering column.
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