Ford Motor announced Thursday that it is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles, mostly from its popular sport utility vehicle ranges, in North America to fix problems related to steering, rust and floor mats.
The US auto giant said it is recalling around 915,200 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs built between 2008 and 2011 because a software fault could cause the loss of power-assisted steering, Financial Times reported.
It is also recalling 195,500 Explorer SUVs because of a potential electrical fault that could disable their power steering. The other recalls involved 196,600 Taurus cars and 82,500 vehicles of various types with potentially faulty floor mats.
With the move, Ford has became the latest among the large carmakers to issue recalls amid growing concern over safety issues.
GM has recalled 15 million vehicles worldwide this year, some of them due to faulty ignition switches, while Toyota recalled 6.4 million vehicles worldwide in April for a range of faults, FT noted. Chrysler in April recalled 867,795 SUVs over potential brake problems.
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