Ford Recalls 179,000 Explorer SUVs that Could Suddenly Lose Power Steering
Ford Motor Company is recalling approximately 179,000 model year 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured from May 17, 2010 through February 28, 2012.
The affected vehicles may experience an intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear, which can cause a loss of the motor position sensor signal resulting in a shutdown of the power steering assist.
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist it will require extra steering effort at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Owners of the recalled Ford Explorer vehicles will be instructed to take their vehicle to a local Ford dealer, who will update the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) software. This service will be provided free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of motor position sensor signal when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, its steering rack assembly will also be replaced.
For additional information on this recall, contact Ford Customer Service toll-free at (800) 392-3673. Ford's reference number for this recall is 14S06.