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Ford recalls over 700,000 Vehicles because power steering assist can fail creating a crash risk

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSAWashington, D.C. – Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured August 18th, 2006, through September 11th, 2010.

The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input. As a result, the system could remove the Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist.

2010 Ford Escape is one of the models being recalled by Ford.

2010 Ford Escape is one of the models being recalled by Ford.

Vehicle Information

Vehicle Make / Model Model Year(s)
Ford / Escape 2008-2011
Mercury / Mariner 2008-2011

 

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Report Receipt Date: May 29th, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V284000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 740,878

Consequence

If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power steering control module (PSCM) and the instrument cluster module, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the PSCM when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, the affected components will be replaced, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin by July 25th, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1.800.392.3673. Ford’s number for this recall is 14S05.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1.888.327.4236 (TTY 1.800.424.9153), or go to www.safercar.gov .


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