By Jennifer Geiger on May 28, 2014
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 740,000 model-year 2008-11 versions of the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs; no word yet if the related Mazda Tribute is involved.
The Problem: The Detroit News is reporting that a faulty torque sensor could cause the power steering system to shut off. If this happens, manual steering mode will engage and the SUV will be more difficult to steer, increasing the risk of an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is aware of five crashes and six injuries related to the issue.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts and update the related software for free.
What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners by July 25. Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673 for more information.
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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer