recalls nearly 1.4 million vehicles in North America
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[May 30, 2014]
By Bernie Woodall
(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co <F.N> said on Thursday it is
recalling 1.39 million SUVs and sedans in North America,
most for the possible loss of power steering.
About 1.186 million of the vehicles Ford said it is recalling are in
the United States. That figure is only 2,200 shy of the total number
of vehicles that Ford recalled in the United States during all of
Automakers are giving heightened scrutiny to safety issues in the
wake of General Motors Co's <GM.N> ongoing safety crisis that began
with an ignition-switch issue in older-model cars.
So far this year, GM has recalled 15.8 million vehicles worldwide.
Analyst Karl Brauer of Kelley Blue Book said Ford's spate of recalls
on Thursday may be "driven by the heightened sense of concern all
automakers are feeling right now, though we'll likely never know for
Brauer added that there have been so many recalls since February
when GM issued its first ignition-switch recall that the actions
have become "sort of background white noise for consumers."
Ford said it will recall 195,527 Explorer SUVs in North America from
the 2011 to 2013 model years and 915,216 Ford Escape and Mercury
Mariner SUVs from model years 2008 to 2011 on power steering issues.
In addition, it will recall nearly 200,000 Taurus sedans in North
America from the 2010 to 2014 model years on a corrosion issue.
Finally, Ford is also recalling 82,576 sedans with floor mats that
may interfere with the operation of accelerator pedals. The floor
mats were put in 2006 to 2011 model year Ford Fusion and Mercury
Milan and Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ sedans.
The loss of power steering can increase the risk of a crash when
vehicles are traveling at lower rates of speed.
U.S. regulators have received consumer reports of six injuries and
five crashes related to the Escape and Mariner models, Ford said.
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As of mid-April, Ford said it was aware of 15 accidents including
two minor injuries believed to be related to the loss of power
steering in Explorer SUVs. The accidents all involved vehicles
moving at lower speeds, Ford said.
In cold-weather U.S. states and Canadian provinces where road salt
is used, corrosion can affect license plate lamps which in turn may
cause a short circuit that could start a fire, Ford said. A Ford
spokeswoman said the company is aware of 18 consumer reports of
fires believed to be associated with this condition.
Ford did not say how much the recall campaigns are expected to cost.
For the Mercury Mariner and Ford Escape recalls, dealers are to be
notified on Thursday and letters to all affected U.S. owners will be
sent by July 25, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
There may be additional vehicles included in the recall campaigns
outside of North America, Ford said.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid and
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