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Ford is joining the recall rodeo

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Ford is joining the growing list of automakers issuing recalls. Ford is confirming four separate recalls covering some of the automakers most popular models. Ford is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles, primarily for problems that could affect power steering.

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The biggest recall affects over 900,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles. These are the small SUV models, produced from 2008-2011. A problem could force the vehicle to lose power steering. The driver could still steer manually but because it is more difficult, it could cause an accident.

A second recall is similar but it affects the full size Explorer, built from 2011-2013. A problem in the steering mechanism could also force the SUV to lose power steering. The driver is still able to steer but again the problem could lead to accidents. This recall affects nearly 200,000 Explorers.

Ford is also recalling nearly 200,000 Taurus sedans because of possible rust around the light on the license plate. This affects drivers in states that use road salt. The corrosion around the light can lead to potential fire hazard. The recall affects Taurus models built in 2010-2014.

The fourth recall concerns floor mats in more than 80,000 vehicles. Ford Fusions are being called back along with its sister vehicles, the Mercury Milans, Lincoln Zephyrs, and Lincoln MKZs. This affects the 2006-2011 model years. The all-weather floor mats can interfere with the gas pedals. The design was changed in later model years.

General Motors has recalled more than 13 million vehicles so far this year. NHTSA recently fined GM $35 million for not recalling faulty vehicles in a timely fashion. Toyota also recalled more than 2 million vehicles in April.