Ford Yanks 1.4M Vehicles For Steering, Rust, Floor Mat Issues

By Andrew Scurria (May 29, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT) -- Ford Motor Co. on Thursday announced four recalls affecting just less than 1.4 million vehicles for a range of safety vulnerabilities, most notably potential electrical problems in Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner and Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles that can cut off their power steering.

The largest of the four recalls comprised 915,000 Escape and Mariner SUVs worldwide — 741,000 in the U.S. — from model years 2008-11 that contain torque sensors with an electrical connection prone to failing.

If the sensor is interrupted, the vehicles' power steering assist can fail, causing them to revert to manual steering and making them more...

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