Ford has issued two recalls, both for serious issues that combined can affect up to 445,000 vehicles nationally. Several complaint and incident reports as well as four accidents were reported as part of this recall.
422,814 model year 2011 to 2013 Fusion, Flex, Lincoln MKS and MKT, and 2011 to 2012 Lincoln MKZ and 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles will be recalled for a possible electric issue that can lead to power steering loss. An intermittent electrical connection in the steering gear can result in the loss of electric power steering assist while driving, potentially causing the driver to lose control.
Ford says it is aware of four minor accidents, but no injuries as a result of the issue. In some cars, the issue may be chronic.
Another recall covers 19,500 model year 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles with the 2.3-liter engine. These cars may have high underbody temperatures which can lead to degredation of the fuel tank and vapor lines as well as the parking brake cable. This could cause a fuel leak or impaired brake function. No accidents or injuries have been reported with this recall.
Ford is currently notifying owners of affected vehicles.