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Ford recalls almost 1.4 million cars in North America for various issues

WASHINGTON--U.S. automaker Ford Motor issued safety recalls Thursday for nearly 1.4 million cars in North America, mostly in the U.S., to fix potential steering and other problems.

Ford said it was recalling about 915,200 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles because a torque sensor within the steering column may malfunction, resulting in the loss of electric power steering assistance.

In that case, the steering system defaults to the manual steering mode, making the vehicle more difficult to steer, especially at lower speeds, which could increase the risk of a crash, Ford said.

The recall affects certain Escapes and Mariners, model years 2008-2011. About 736,400 were recalled in the United States; 134,500 in Canada; and 39,800 in Mexico.

A second recall affects roughly 195,500 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles, model years 2011-2013, that could have a problem with an intermittent electrical connection in the steering gear that could cause the loss of electric power steering while driving.

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