Ford Motor Company has issued two recalls affecting more than 440,000 vehicles, most of which roam the roads of the U.S. and Canada.
RECALL #1: 2011-2013 Ford Flex, Taurus; 2011-2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT; 2011-2012 Ford Fusion; 2011-2012 Lincoln MKZ; 2011 Mercury Milan
UNITS AFFECTED: 393,622 vehicles registered in the U.S., 25,195 registered in Canada, and 3,997 in Mexico
This recall stems from an electrical problem associated with the steering gear. As a result of the glitch, the electric power steering assist could cut out while the vehicle is in motion. Should that happen, the vehicle would become harder to steer, particularly at lower speeds.
To date, Ford has learned of four accidents that may be linked to the problem, though thankfully no injuries or fatalities have been reported.
As with many recalls, this one is limited to vehicles manufactured at specific plants on specific dates:
- 2011-2013 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant between September 7, 2010 and February 28, 2012
- 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant between September 7, 2010 and February 28, 2012
- 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant between September 7, 2010 and December 10, 2010
- 2011-2013 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant between September 7, 2010 and February 28, 2012
After receiving a recall notice in the mail, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Ford or Lincoln dealership, where diagnostic tests will be run. Depending on the result of those tests, the power steering control module software will be upgraded, or the steering gear will be replaced.
RECALL #2: 2015 Ford Mustang
UNITS AFFECTED: 19,095 vehicles registered in the U.S., 391 in Canada
This recall is the result of a problem with high underbody temperatures on certain Mustang vehicles. Over time, that heat could compromise the fuel tank and fuel vapor lines, which may eventually cause a fuel leak. That, in turn, could increase the risk of fire.
What's more, the high temps could degrade the parking brake cable seals, diminishing parking brake functionality. That could result in poor parking brake performance and unexpected movement, like a rollaway when the vehicle is parked on a hill.
Ford says that it knows of no accidents, injuries, or fires linked to the problem.
The recall is limited to 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured between February 14, 2014 and February 10, 2015 at the automaker's Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
Ford says that owners affected by the recall will receive notices by mail. After receiving those notices, they'll be able to take their cars to a Ford dealer, who 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."