Ford recalls 2014 Focus, C-MAX Hybrid cars for potential steering gear issue

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Thursday issued a safety recall for more than 600 2014 Focus and C-MAX Hybrid cars in North America for a potential issue with the steering gear that could result in loss of control.

The Dearborn automaker said 32 of the 616 affected vehicles were delivered to dealers, but none were sold to customers. Ford contacted the dealers on Thursday; dealers will replace the steering gear.

Some of the affected steering gears were built without the required number of ball bearings, which can deform and wear out remaining bearings.

The cars were built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, Ford said.

Of the 616 cars, 502 are going to U.S. destinations, six are going to federalized territories and 108 are going to Canada.

Earlier this month, Ford recalled nearly 160,000 2013-14 Focus STs and Escapes for stalling problems due to faulty wiring harnesses. No crashes or injuries have been attributed to the condition.

In addition, Ford in August recalled 1,300 2015 Transits for potential brake fluid leaks; 600 2015 Transit cargo vans for a potential issue with windowless sliding doors; and 1,300 2015 Lincoln MKC crossovers for windshield-related problems. No injuries were reported with any of those recalls.

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