Ford Fusion

Ford is recalling certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans and Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because they may lose power-assisted steering. The vehicles being recalled are in the states and provinces where road salt is used to melt ice and snow from road surfaces. These vehicles did not receive proper amounts of protective wax coating, and exposure to salt may create corrosion on the bolts that attach the steering gear motor to the housing that surrounds the motor.

If the motor detaches from the housing, the steering system will lose the power-assist feature, meaning the steering will become more difficult to operate at low speeds. This could result in an increased risk of a crash. The automaker notes that the steering gear motor will remain attached, so the driver can still steer the vehicle, because the system will default to manual steering mode.

Ford has stated that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries associated with this issue.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 590,646 cars and SUVs in the U.S. and 8,134 cars and SUVs in Canada, including:

  • 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant from Aug. 21, 2013, through June 14, 2015

  • 2013-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from Aug. 14, 2012, through June 28, 2015

  • 2013-16 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from Oct. 10, 2012, through June 28, 2015

  • 2015-16 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant from June 25, 2014, through June 26, 2015

  • 2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant from Nov. 11, 2014, through June 26, 2015

The problem: Bolts that secure the power steering gear motor may corrode because they did not receive the proper application of wax coating to prevent their exposure to road salt. This may lead to the motor assembly detaching from the housing, and the vehicle losing power steering assist. 

The fix: Dealers will replace steering gear motor-attachment bolts and apply wax sealer. If one or more of the steering gear motor-attachment bolts are broken or missing, dealers will install a new steering gear in the vehicle, all at no charge to owners. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Ford’s number for this recall is 19S26. Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332. The automaker did not announce a timeline for when the recall will begin.

NHTSA campaign number: This number was not available at the time of publication.

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Ford Fusion steering wheel

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