Jody Victor would like Ford owners to please check this list to make sure there isn’t a safety issue with your vehicle! A variety of Ford vehicles from as far back as 2006 are now known to have safety issues involving power steering, fire hazards or floor mats.
2011-2013 Ford Explorers and 2008-2011 Escapes and Mercury Mariners are known to have an issue where the power steering can cut out. Explorer models have an issue with electric motor position sensors that can cause the sensors to intermittently shut off due to poor cable connections and this disables the power steering. For Escape and Mariner models the issue resides in torque sensors, in which the sensors may produce a low-fidelity signal that causes the computer to not recognize the driver’s steering movements and will disable the power steering.
Dealers will update the power steering software to continue delivering power assist even if a fault is detected in the system. This January, Ford shipped repair kits for the torque sensors, but the recalls do not call for any part replacements.
On the sedan side of things, the 2010-2014 Ford Taurus has license plate lamps that can corrode, short, and catch fire. Ford first found the problem in 2011, and after initially drawing a blank to the cause, it opened a second investigation in May 2013 and redesigned the lamp in February. The fires continued on these new models, however, and thus dealers will now install new lamp assemblies on 196,639 cars, of which 183,425 are in the U.S. Ford said it knew of at least five owner reports of smoking or melting lamps and another 20 reporting fires. Only vehicles sold or registered in 20 “salt belt” states (plus Washington, D.C.) are included, although Ford said it would also notify other Taurus owners of the condition.
Ford Taurus 2010-2014 models has an issue with its license plate lamps. The lamps may corrode, short out and catch fire. Only vehicles sold or registered in 20 so-called Salt Belt states (plus Washington, D.C.). Ford said they would notify other Taurus owners of the issue, however.
Finally, Ford is recalling approximately 80,000 all-weather floor mats that were sold as accessories between 2006-2011 for the following Ford models: Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and Lincoln MKZ. These floor mats may cause the throttle pedal to get partially stuck. Ford stated it doesn’t matter if drivers put the all-weather mats over the standard mats or removed the standard mats before installing the all-weather ones. Ford is now redesigning these mats as part of the recall.
You can check for recalls on any Ford model by following the directions at Ford’s official owner’s website.