Ford issues 4 recalls, including 1.1 million Explorers, Escapes and Mariners over steering problem

Ford Escape. Courtesy: Ford

Ford Escape. (Credit: Ford)

NEW YORK — Ford announced Thursday it is recalling at least 1.4 million vehicles in four separate recalls. The largest involves popular SUVs that may have steering issues.

The recall involves about 915,000 2008-2011 Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners, and about 196,000 2011-2013 Ford Explorers.

Sensors and electrical connections could cause the vehicles to lose power steering, making steering more difficult and increasing the risk of a crash. Not all vehicles have the same issue, Ford said.

Ford is aware of 20 accidents and eight injuries that might be related to the steering problems.

The automaker is also recalling 196,600 Taurus sedans from model years 2010-2014. Corrosion due to road salt could cause the license plate lamp to short circuit, overheat and possibly cause a fire.

Ford believes 18 fires are connected to the issue and there has been one injury.

A fourth recall involves floor mats that can be improperly installed and cone in contact with the accelerator pedal. That recall involves about 82,500 mats available for the 2006 to 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ. Two accidents are allegedly connected to the problem.