By Nick Bunkley, Crain News Service
DETROIT (May 28, 2015) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 423,000 sedans and crossovers for a power-steering problem that federal regulators have been investigating since last fall.
The auto maker also issued a smaller recall for a different issue in some 2015 Ford Mustangs.
Ford said neither recall is linked to any injuries but said it knows of four accidents potentially linked to the power-steering defect. However, documents it filed with regulators reference more than 30 incidents reported by car dealers and insurance companies involving vehicles hitting curbs, poles, guardrails and other roadside objects after the driver said the steering locked up. Some owners complained that they hurt their backs or shoulders trying to steer.
The power-steering recall covers the 2011-13 Ford Taurus and Flex, 2011-13 Lincoln MKS and MKT, 2011-12 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, and 2011 Mercury Milan. Ford said an intermittent electrical connection in the steering gear could disable electric power-steering assist while driving, making the vehicle more difficult to control, especially at lower speeds, and increasing the risk of a crash.