Ford is recalling more than 98,000 model year 2013-16 Ford Fusion & Lincoln MKZ, model year 2015-16 Ford Edge and model year 2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles in U.S. states and Canadian provinces with high-corrosion environments.
Vehicles that did not receive proper application of wax coating and are operated in high-corrosion environments associated with exposure to road salt may suffer corrosion of the steering gear motor attachment bolts.
This could result in the steering gear motor becoming loose or detaching from the gear housing, although the steering gear motor will not separate from the vehicle.
Detachment of the steering-gear motor from the gear housing would result in a loss of power-steering assist, which would require higher steering effort -- especially at lower speeds -- posing an increased risk of a crash.
What to do
Owners will be notified and 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 at no charge.
Consumers with questions may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332.
Ford's reference number for this recall is 19S26.