"The retaining bolt for the front end auxiliary drive idler pulley on the engine may fail, resulting in a loss of power steering assist," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "A loss of power steering assist may increase the risk of a crash."
There are no accidents or injuries linked to the recall, the automaker said in a document filed with federal safety regulators.
The affected XF sedans were built from May 16, 2012 to June 15, 2015.
Edmunds says: Dealers are waiting for parts in this recall. Owners should schedule a service appointment once they receive their official recall notice.