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Several recalls announced for Ford and Lincoln vehicles

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A number of significant vehicle recalls were announced today, affecting various Ford and Lincoln models.

On 13,200 Ford Taurus sedans (model years 2010-2014) registered and operated in areas where road salt is used on the roadways during winter months for extended time periods (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland-Labrador), corrosion may occur inside the license plate lamp assembly which could result in high electrical current draw, excessive heat, or a fire. Dealers will therefore replace the license plate lamp assembly.

Meanwhile, a safety defect may exist in Ford's aftermarket all-weather floor mats sold as accessories or service replacement parts for 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, Lincoln Zephyr, and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. The floor mats are secured by a single retention device, which could allow the driver's floor mat to move out of position and interfere with the accelerator pedal. In this case, dealers will replace the floor mats with an updated design having two retention devices.

Finally, on 11,923 Ford Explorers from 2011-2013 and 134,568 Explorers from 2008-2011, a fault in the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system could result in an immediate loss of power steering assist without any warning to the driver. This would unexpectedly increase the steering effort force necessary to steer the vehicle at lower speeds, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will affect repairs as necessary and will reprogram the EPS controller with updated software. In the event that an EPS fault occurs, this updated software would allow for continued EPS function while displaying visual and audible warnings to the driver until the end of the drive cycle.

Source: Transport Canada