The auto defect attorneys at Gibbs Law Group are investigating reports of power steering problems in 2016-2018 Ford Explorers. Drivers have reported power steering failures while driving requiring repairs costing thousands and causing difficulty steering at highway speeds. Some drivers are inquiring about a Ford Explorer Power Steering Lawsuit.
Ford Recalled Other Models with Power Steering Problems
Ford has recalled earlier model year Explorers with power steering problems before. In 2014, Ford recalled certain model year 2011-2013 Ford Explorers, saying these vehicles “may experience an intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear, which can cause a loss of the motor position sensor signal resulting a shut down of the power steering assist.” According to Ford, this issue “may increase the risk of a accident.”
In 2015, Ford recalled certain model year Ford Fusion, Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. According to Ford, these vehicles had “electric power steering assist systems that may shut down as a result of a steering motor sensor fault.” As a result, “[i]f the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash”
Explorer Power Steering Failure Complaints
A number of drivers have described their experiences online:
- 2016 Ford Explorer: Internal electronic failure in the steering rack. Explorer is two years old with only 44,173 miles. Steering failed while driving!!
- 2017 Ford Explorer: While driving 40 MPH, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to Rye Ford . . . where the contact was advised that vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the warranties were expired and confirmed that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 42,000.
- 2016 Ford Explorer: While driving down the road my power steering went out. I have around 50,000 miles on my 2016 Ford Explorer. I have had it worked on 3 times and it continues to have the same issue. This is a serious safety issue for the people in the car and those on the road. Many people have complained about this issue, yet Ford has not issued a recall.
- 2016 Ford Explorer: While driving my 2016 Ford Explorer on a state hwy at 55 MPH, suddenly bells and warning on dash indicating steering failure issue. Within 1 block, I was unable to steer at all. Had to be towed. Told by dealership that the power steering gear was bad. Told by the dealership the cost to repair would be $2200. Vehicle has 76,000 miles. Very unsafe condition had it happened in heavy traffic. Could have resulted in injury or death.
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