The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a preliminary safety defect investigation in to almost 1 million Ford sedans.
The ODI is investigating Ford sedans for failures in the cars power steering systems. The NHTSA has received more than 500 consumer complaints alleging that the consumers have routinely lost control of their cars power steering systems.
One consumer alleged this is the third time my power steering has gone out. The power steering failures appear to occur at all speed limits and have even caused an accident at the 25 MPH level.
In some cases, this loss of control has led to accidents. In other cases, consumers assert they have been able to remedy the problems in the power steering system by turning the car off and restarting it.
Despite the variety in the complaints, what has been consistent is that the power steering system has failed repeatedly in three Ford model sedans.
The preliminary investigation involves 2010-2012 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. Ford has announced that they are fully cooperating with the investigation.
Ford has previously recalled 1 million SUVs for a similar power steering defect. That May 2014 recall involved the 2011-2013 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles.
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