It seems that the light at the end of the tunnel for Ford Motor Co. is still far-fetched. The carmaker company has been baffled by its 1.1 million vehicles that were recalled because of power steering woes and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been looking into the similar problem on another 938,000 cars.
According to a report posted by NHTSA last Monday, the agency is now mulling about recalling the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedan models that were produced from 2010- 2012 and the Mercury Milan sedan models that were produced from 2010 to 2011.
The agency said that they already had received 508 complaints from owners, four of which figured in accidents due to power steering failure. The problem required added steering efforts that give rise to losing the control and car’s crash. Though there were no injuries that have been encountered over the years, there were similar incidents that dated back to 2010 that have been reported to the agency.
An excerpt from one of the complainants’ letter that was sent to the agency last August of 2013 reads, “As the vehicle was attempted to be turned right into driveway the power steering completely failed and the driver nearly hit another vehicle” …. “Every bit of the 120-pound female driver’s strength was needed to manually steer the vehicle into the parking lot.” The owner paid a hefty $1,600 for the necessary car repairs.
In 2013, Ford has recalled almost 1.2 million vehicles in the US. To date, Ford has recalled nearly 4 million automobiles. Two recalls have been made last May due to sudden power steering assist failures and the largest recall comprised of 915,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner crossovers that were manufactured from 2008 to 2011.
The Canadian agency’s investigation started in 2011, anchored on owner complaints, but Ford refuse to accept a recall, stating that the automobiles could still be remedied. The Transport Canada persisted on a recall that paved the way for recalling 736,000 of the flawed vehicles that are now in the United States.
There is still no sign on its website whether US agency ever made an investigation into this problem.
Ford also had recalled around 195,500 Explorer SUVs that were produced from 2011 to 2013 model years last May for loss of power steering assist. Around 178,000 vehicles out of the total recalled cars were in the United States.
Ford spokeswoman said that, the company is now cooperating with the US agency in the new investigation.