Ford has announced two separate recalls that affect a total of 442,300 vehicles in North America.
The first recall affects a total of 422,814 vehicles and include: certain 2011-2013 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, 2011 Mercury Milan, 2011-2013 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles. According to Ford, affected vehicles could potentially experience a loss of electric power steering assist while driving due to an intermittent electrical connection in the steering gear being faulty. If the condition occurs, the vehicle’s steering system will default to manual steering mode, making it more difficult to steer, especially at lower speeds. The American automaker confirmed that it is aware of four minor accidents related to the condition, which increases the risk of a crash. No injuries have been tied to the four minor accidents.
For this recall, Ford announced that 393,622 affected vehicles are in the U.S. and federalized territories, 25,195 in Canada and 3,997 in Mexico. Dealers will perform a pair of fixes, depending on whether certain diagnostic trouble codes are present. The affected vehicle will either receive an updated software for the power steering control module or a new steering gear.
The second recall affects certain 2015 Ford Mustang models equipped with the 2.3-liter engine. A total of 19,486 Mustangs are being recalled for elevated underbody temperatures, with prolonged exposure possibly causing degradation of the fuel tank and fuel vapor lines, which could eventually result in a fuel leak. In addition, the issue could cause the parking brake cable seals to degrade, potentially affecting parking brake functions. One condition could result in a fire if a fuel leak is in the presence of an ignition source, while impaired parking brake function could result in unexpected vehicle movement.
Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to the condition and dealers will replace the current fuel tank shield with a unit with better insulating capability, install thermal patches on the fuel tank and parking brake cable and install thermal wraps on the fuel vapor lines. Of the affected vehicles, 19,095 are in the U.S. and federalized territories and 391 are in Canada.
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