Feds Probe Power Steering In Ford Midsize Cars

October 8, 2014 2:22 PM

Feds Probe Power Steering In Ford Midsize Cars
" DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government’s auto safety regulator has opened an investigation into complaints that the power-assisted steering can suddenly fail on three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.

The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan. It includes gas-electric hybrid versions of the cars.

According to a class-action lawsuit filed in June about the matter, the problem could affect more Ford models, including the compact Focus.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 508 complaints alleging that the midsize cars lost power-assisted steering, causing increased steering effort. Four complaints say the problem caused crashes, but no injuries were reported.

Ford says it’s cooperating with the investigation and that anyone experiencing power steering problems with their vehicles should contact their dealer.

The agency says in documents posted Monday on its website that in many cases, a warning message appeared as the failure happened. Restarting the car corrected the problem in some cases, but the problem returned in others.

NHTSA says it will check the scope and frequency of a problem. It could seek a recall "

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