Ford Issues Two Safety Recalls Affecting 451,500 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Vehicles
About 423,000 Ford vehicles are subject to a safety recall due to an electrical problem that can affect the car's power steering causing at least four accidents.
The recall affects certain model year 2011 Mercury Milan sedans, 2011-2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT vehicles, as well as certain model year 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles.
In the affected vehicles, a defective electrical connection in the steering gear might result in the loss of electric power steering assist while the car is being driven. If this happens, the steering system defaults to manual steering mode, making the vehicle more difficult to steer, especially at lower speeds.
Ford is aware of four minor accidents that might be related to this condition, but no injuries have been reported.
Depending on diagnostic codes, dealers will perform one of two fixes: They will either update software for the power steering control module or replace the steering gear.
19,500 Ford Mustangs Recalled
Ford is also recalling about 19,500 2015 Ford Mustangs with a 2.3 liter engine for elevated underbody temperatures.
Prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures could degrade the fuel tank and fuel lines, eventually causing a fuel leak. High temperatures could also degrade the parking brake cable seals.
Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires resulting from this condition.
Dealers will replace the current fuel tank shield with a shield with better insulating capability, install thermal patches on the fuel tank and parking brake cable, and install thermal wraps on the fuel vapor lines.