Vehicles Affected: Approximately 90,600 model-year 2013-16 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans, model-year 2015-16 Ford Edge SUVs and model-year 2016 Lincoln MKX SUVs
The Problem: Vehicles that did not receive proper application of wax coating and are operated in high-corrosion environments with exposure to road salt may experience corrosion of the steering gear motor attachment bolts. This may result in the steering gear motor becoming loose or detaching from the gear housing, resulting in a loss of power steering assist.
Ford said the steering system would default to base manual steering mode, allowing the vehicle to be steered in a safe and controlled manner. However, loss of power steering assist requires higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
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 repairs will be done for free.
What Owners Should Do: Lincoln automaker Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can the automaker at 800-392-3673, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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