May, 30, 2014—Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million SUVs and cars in the U.S. to fix steering, rust, and floor mat problems, the automaker announced Thursday.
The largest part of the recall includes 915,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner small SUVs due to a potential issue with a torque sensor in the steering column. The issue could cause the car to lose power steering, according to CBS News.
Nearly 1.2 million of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S., a figure just shy of the total number of vehicles that Ford recalled in the country during all of last year, Reuters reported. So far, General Motors has recalled 15.8 million vehicles worldwide this year, Reuters said.
Ford is aware of 20 accidents and eight injuries that might be related to the power steering problems.
The automaker is also recalling 196,600 Taurus sedans from model years 2010–14 because corrosion brought on by road salt in some regions could cause the license plate lamp to short circuit, possibly causing a fire, according to NPR, which also reported that Ford said up to 18 fires are connected to the issue.
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