Ford Explorer Recall Closes NHTSA Investigation

Ford has recalled 195,527 Explorers for a possible power steering glitch.

The recall will close a two-year NHTSA investigation into the power steering glitch that spurred 15 where owners described the power steering failing on various Explorer SUVs. Ford chose to proactively recall the Explorer before NHTSA concluded its investigation, likely to avoid the same scrutiny GM is experiencing as a result of the massive ignition switch recall.

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In the beginning of the investigation, Ford insisted the problem was rare and that it was not a legal violation, stating that the Explorer could still be driven without power steering. According to the recall, an intermittent electrical connection in the power steering module could lead to a loss of the motor position sensor signal. The American automaker is aware of 15 accidents believed to be related to the issue and all of them occurred at lower speeds.

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