Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles In Four Separate Campaigns

If you thought that General Motors is the only American car manufacturer burdened by call back campaigns, think again. The Blue Oval has recently announced that a whopping 1.4 million automobiles built between 2006 and 2013 are subjected to four separate recall operations.
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915,216 units of the Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner and the Ford-built Mazda Tribute from the 2008 - 2011 model years are being recalled over a glitchy torque sensors mounted in the steering column. Canadian safety regulators discovered that the aforementioned fault could disable the vehicle's power steering system.

Imagine how that would be if it were to happen while taking a corner at 50 miles per hour. Yup, pretty dangerous. In the U.S. alone, this screwup is connected to five crashes and six injuries. According to Ford, affected vehicles will receive a reflash of the power steering software. If that's not enough, dealership service departments will replace the torque sensor or entire steering column free of charge.

The second call back campaign targets the 2011 - 2013 model year Ford Explorer. Amusingly, the Blue Oval informs that a similar malady affects this model. Specifically, an "intermittent electrical connection" in the steering column. C'mon guys, how foppish can you be? Just say it's prone to short circuit, don't use fancy words like that when drivers' lives are at risk. An estimated 195,527 examples of the Explorer may suffer from this electrical malfunction.

Moving of to the third recall operation, the 2010 to 2014 model year Ford Taurus might suffer from corrosion near the license plate lamp. Incredibly, 196,000 sedans sold in northern, wet climates might catch fire due to little specks of rust. As of today, Ford has received 18 reports of vehicle fires, out of which one person got injured.

82,576 units of the 2006 - 2011 model year Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr (MKZ) sedans are also recalled due to floormats prone to interfere with the gas pedal. Naturally, affected owners will receive newer, safer mats free of charge. Until today, the NHTSA received 58 complaints involving the pedal entrapment.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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