Ford is recalling 452,000 vehicles, most of which to fix a problem with the power steering that may have contributed to four non-injury accidents. The other issue involves 2015 Ford Mustang overheating.
The larger recall involves certain 2011-2013 Ford Taurus and Flex vehicles, Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles, certain 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles, and certain 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles in North America. The issue is that drivers could lose power steering while potential due to an intermittent electrical connection in the steering gear. If this happens, the steering system defaults to manual steering mode, making the vehicle more difficult to steer, especially at lower speeds. This could result in the increased risk of a crash.
In its press release, Ford says it is aware of four minor accidents that might be related to this condition, but no injuries.
- Ford Power Steering Recall: Affected vehicles include certain 2011-2013 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant Sept. 7, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2012; certain 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant Sept. 7, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2012; certain 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant Sept. 7, 2010 to Dec. 10, 2010; and certain 2011-2013 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant Sept. 7, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2012.
- Fix: Dealers will perform one of two service fixes, depending upon whether certain diagnostic trouble codes are present in the vehicle. They will either update software for the power steering control module or replace the steering gear.
Ford is also recalling approximately 19,500 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles with a 2.3 liter engine for elevated underbody temperatures. Prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures might cause degradation of the fuel tank and fuel vapor lines, which could eventually result in a fuel leak. In addition, prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures might cause the parking brake cable seals to degrade, potentially affecting parking brake functions. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Impaired parking brake function could result in unexpected vehicle movement, which might increase the risk of injury.
Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires resulting from this condition.
- Ford 2015 Mustang Recall: Affected vehicles include certain 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles built Feb. 14, 2014 to Feb. 10, 2015 at Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
- Fix: 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.