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Steering issue behind Ford recall
Ford Motor Co. is recalling a million vehicles due to concerns with steering. First, 740,878 certain model year 2008-11 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles are being recalled because the steering torque sensor may not be able to detect driver steering input, removing the electric power steering assist and making the driver work harder to steer the vehicle at los speeds, increasing the risk of a crash., In the other recall, 179,027 certain model year 2011-13 Ford Explorer vehicles may have lose steering assist due to intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear causing a loss of the motor position sensor signal. Again, extra steering effort at low speeds would be required by the driver, leading to an increased risk of a traffic collision. Ford's recall number for the Mariner issue is 14S05, while that for the Explorer problem is 14S06. Ford will issue recall notices to owners and dealers will make the fix. For information, call the company at 1-800-392-3673. Learn more about this and other recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or www.safercar.gov.