(NYSE:F) models are under investigation by USA safety regulators on Monday for problems similar to those that have caused almost 3 million other Ford vehicles to be recalled. Safety regulators say they've been getting complaints the doors on the Edge SUVs can fly open when you're driving, and the power-assisted steering can fail on the Fusion. In each case, other Ford vehicles have been recalled for what appears to be the same problems.
In May, Ford issued a recall to fix the loss of braking on 2013 and 2014 model-year F-150 pickups with 3.5-liter engines built from August 2013 through August 2014 - a defect stemming from what Ford said was a loss of brake fluid from the brake master cylinder reservoir into the brake booster.
The first probe involves an estimated 380,000 Edge SUVs from model years 2011 to 2013. Fortunately, no injuries or crashes have been reported associated with this issue.
Until the investigation is completed, though, it's still not clear if any of those will be added to the recall.
Ford shares were lower pre-market but are now on the rise, up 0.5% to $12.12 in early trading.
Ford's F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in the U.S, and the F-150 accounts for a majority of those sales.
The other investigation centers around 262,599 Fusions from model year 2010. At least 3 million vehicles have been recalled to fix the latches. Some complained that the doors open while being driven. The agency has identified at least 1,560 reports claiming the crossover's "door ajar" warning light remains continuously illuminated, even when all doors are properly closed and secure. According to a class-action lawsuit filed about the matter, the problem could affect more Ford models, including the compact Focus. She produced NHTSA documents showing that an agency investigation found that the recalled vehicles had projected 10-year failure rates of 8 to 14 per cent, while non-recalled vehicles had about a 1 per cent failure rate.