Ford is taking a bit of the spotlight away from General Motors, announcing a major group of recall campaigns, covering a total of 1.4 million vehicles built between 2006 and 2013.

Let's start with the big one, which covers the Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner and, according to The Detroit News, Ford-built Mazda Tribute CUVs. 915,216 vehicles are covered, all of which were built in model years 2008 to 2011. 736,000 vehicles are in the US, while Canada then Mexico make up the vast majority of the remainder. The problem is due to an issue with the torque sensor in the steering column, which could lead to sudden power steering failure. Manual steering would still be available, though.

"Dealers will perform one of three service fixes, depending upon what diagnostic codes are shown when the vehicle is taken to the dealer," Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker wrote to Autoblog in an email. "They will either update software for the power steering control module and the instrument cluster module; replace the torque sensor; or replace the steering column, which includes upgraded power steering control module software."

The most recent generation of the Ford Explorer is suffering from a similar malady, thanks to an intermittent electrical connection (we think that means short circuit) in the steering column. Like the Escape and Mariner, manual steering would still be available in the event of a power failure. Ford will recall 195,527 examples of its Explorer, 177,500 of which are in the US. This recall covers model years 2011 to 2013. According to Automotive News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that Ford will inform owners of affected vehicles by July 25.

Ford is also recalling 200,000 Taurus sedans, over a corrosion issue in the license plate lamp. This particular recall, which covers vehicles from model years 2010 to 2014, is limited to drivers in northern climes. Vehicle owners in southern states are free to pass on the recall.

Finally, 82,576 Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ sedans from 2006 to 2011 are being recalled because of floormats that can interfere with the accelerator pedal. Dealers will replace the offensive floormats with newer examples.

"Ford is committed to providing our customers with top quality vehicles. We are equally committed to addressing potential issues and responding quickly for our customers," Felker wrote.

As of publication time, there isn't an official press release official or bulletin on either Ford's media page or the NHTSA website. We'll be sure to update this story as soon as that becomes available.


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      mary.keana
      • 7 Months Ago
      Don't think I've seen an thread on the recent Hyundai Tuscon recall.
      Diane Booker
      • 4 Months Ago

      I love my escape, but have a question. Mine is a 2007 and i already had to replace the steering rack and done alot of front end work. Should this not also be cover under the recall???? 

      Robert Smith
      • 2 Months Ago

      I have not receive a notice for my 2009 escape Robert smith 351 Arapahoe ln. n.e. palm bay fl 32907

      Rick Nash
      • 6 Months Ago
      My Ford 2009 Escape power steering failed in the extreme cold of Canada, late this past winter. I had to "armstrong steer" it. After sitting all day, I started it up and the power steering returned. Unfortunately within a few days I noticed a dead spot in the steering right at center. If I left the steering wheel in the dead spot, the front wheels would chatter and vibrate. It seemed to get worse the more I drove it so I took it to the dealership. At first they said I needed a new sensor, only $800 dollars and then they called back to say the entire steering column had to be replaced. Over $2000 later I had my vehicle back in operational order. And then this recall was announced. I contacted the dealership and they denied about it existing. They eventually called back and said that there was a recall but they had no details. Funny how everyone else does. They said they would call in two weeks. Guess what, no surprise, I'm still waiting.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 7 Months Ago
      GM isn't under fire for recalling a bunch of vehicles. They are under fire for NOT recalling a bunch of vehicles for 10+ years. Unless there was a massive coverup on Ford's part, I don't see how this takes the spotlight off of GM AT ALL. There's a responsible and an irresponsible way to do almost any basic task. Ford took the former, GM takes the latter.
      Eli Sanchez
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow everyone is making Toyota look good on those past recalls
        b.rn
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Eli Sanchez
        Toyota is holding their own http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/09/autos/toyota-recall/
      mustang_sallad
      • 7 Months Ago
      " thanks to an intermittent electrical connection (we think that means short circuit) " Why do you get short circuit from that statement? Sounds more like a partially broken circuit than a short. A short would be more like an "unintentional electrical connection".
      That Guy
      • 7 Months Ago
      Good thing Ford takes complete loss of steering since its introduction in 2011 seriously. But it's only the Explorer...it's not like ignorant people but these terrible vehicles to haul their family around.
      mary.keana
      • 7 Months Ago
      Don't think I've seen an thread on the recent Hyundai Tuscon recall.
      Sebastian Lopez
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'd be terrified to buy an Escape after all of the recalls that car has gone through, old and new models alike.
        lem314
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Sebastian Lopez
        Then don't buy one. Mine is just fine
      Brian
      • 7 Months Ago
      In before "Where are all the Ford fanbois who were hating on GM?"
      Arizonarelax
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yo Brandon! Did Ford cover these recalls up and hide them for 10 years or so? Check your batteries in your tiny winy spotlight...
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