Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Cars for Safety Issues

Ford issues 4 recalls affecting 1.4 million vehicles
David Zalubowski/APFord Escape SUVs at a Ford dealership in Denver in 2010.
DETROIT -- Ford (F) is recalling 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America to fix steering, rust and floor mat problems.

The recalls come as automobile safety is being watched closely by Congress, the Justice Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All are investigating General Motors' (GM) delayed recall of small cars for ignition switch problems. Also, Justice recently made Toyota pay a $1.2 billion penalty for hiding information from government safety regulators.

In the largest of the Ford recalls Thursday, the company is calling back 915,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner small SUVs to fix a problem with a torque sensor within the steering column. The problem could cause loss of power-assisted steering, making the SUVs more difficult to control and increasing the risk of a crash, Ford says.

The company recommends one of three fixes: replacing the sensor, updating software or replacing the steering column. The recall affects model year 2008 through 2011 vehicles built between Aug. 18, 2006 and Sept. 11, 2010.

Another recall covers 196,000 Ford Explorer SUVs from the 2011 through 2013 model years. An electrical problem in a steering gear can knock out power steering. Dealers will either update software or replace the steering gear.

Ford also issued two additional recalls Thursday:
  • More than 196,600 Taurus sedans from the 2010 through 2014 model years. They can rust around the license plate light, which can cause a short circuit and fire. The cars were sold in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads of snow and ice.
  • About 82,500 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2006 through 2011 model years. Floor mats in some cars could come in contact with the gas pedal if improperly installed. Dealers will replace the mats.
Karl Brauer, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, said the recalls could be caused by heightened concern by automakers because of the GM and Toyota cases.

"I do think manufacturers are more willing to issue a recall at this point because their sheer number in recent months has become a sort of background white noise for consumers," he said in a statement.

But Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said Thursday's recalls are just part of the company's normal recall process.


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rgkarasiewicz

Because quality has been playing second fiddle to the cash register for many years now, the domestic auto manufacturers are fast positioning themselves out of business.

May 30 2014 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikk057

FORD means Freaking Owner Real Dumb..my buddy Gary's own words..its not the unions, they actually increase the quality by wanting to be professionals and wanting fair wages..a organized workforce, what a concept..lol. now that doesnt take a genius to figure out..

May 30 2014 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikk057

FORD means ******* Owner Real Dumb..my buddy Gary's own words..its not the unions, they actually increase the quality by wanting to be professionals and wanting fair wages..a organized workforce, what a concept..lol

May 30 2014 at 6:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikk057

FORD means ******* Owner Real Dumb..my buddy Gary's own words..its not the unions, they actually increase the quality by wanting to be professionals and wanting fair wages..

May 30 2014 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikk057

FORD means ******* owner real dumb..

May 30 2014 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larry

I blame the "LABOR UNIONS" for the demise and junk being built in todays auto industry. The unions encourage junk to be competative and the quality and workmanship in the us has deteriorated.

May 30 2014 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DR. MARK REPAIRS

AMERICAN CARS= QUAINTY NOT QUAILTY

May 30 2014 at 1:42 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
dan_crabtree

Oh good the auto companys have now signed on to the democrat assumption theorys...you know the words democrats use 24/7 quite well and effectivily.. words like could, might.. or possibly could.. or may fail.. or the oceans will rise three feet by so and so date these words are there lives..so lets recall over a million vehicles simply on assumption theorys...Makes sence to me....

May 30 2014 at 12:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pipetsa

NO QUALITY WORKMANSHIP WITH THE AUTO INDUSTRY, SELL, SELL BUILD FAST, GET THEM OUT THE DOOR AND LATER BRING THEM BACK TO FIX WHAT S/B RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.

May 30 2014 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nevadan99

I wouldn't buy a so called American car again. Haven't owned a piece of American junk for 35 years.

May 30 2014 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dan_crabtree

move to any asian country then..be glad to help you pack...mr democrat..

May 30 2014 at 12:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply