The U.S. safety regulators have begun two investigations into problems with Ford vehicles which could expand the previous recalls. Vehicles being probed are Ford Edge SUV and the Fusion sedan.
The entire investigations covernearly 643,000 vehicles which involve door latches that openwhile the vehicle is moving and a sudden loss of power-assisted steering wheel. The probe includes 380,000 Edge SUVs models of 2011 to 2013. Also, being probed are 263,000 Fusions from the 2010 model year.
Nearly 1560 reports have been received by the government stating that the door ajar opening light will not turn off on the Edge SUVs. Even complaints of door being open while being driven.
The company had recalled 2.4 million vehicles with the same problems previously and the current investigations could add to that number.
As for the Ford Fusions, the government said it has received 547 reports that steering can fail in the 2010 models of the Fusion sedan. Previously, Ford had recalled Fusion models of 2011 and 2012 with same problems.
The Ford Edge SUV is a crossover vehicle and is powered by a choice of three different powertrains. Three options of petrol are 2.0-litre and 2.7-litre EcoBoost engines and of 3.5-litre unit.
As for the Ford Fusion, the sedan comes with multiple choices ranging from petrol to hybrids. The powertrains include EcoBoost 1.5-litre, 2.0-litre and 2.7-litre diesel mills. While the petrol unit consist of 2.5-litre and hybrid variants of 2.0-litre in hybrid and plug-in hybrid.