DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling 487,301 2015 Ford Edge SUVs and 2013-'15 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans in the U.S. for a possible steering problem caused by fractured bolts, the automaker said in a statement on Wednesday.
The affected vehicles were either originally sold or are currently registered in salt-belt states.
"Steering gear motor attachment bolts may fracture due to corrosion cracking," Ford said. "If the steering gear motor bolts fracture, the steering system may default to manual steering mode, making the vehicle more difficult to steer, especially at lower speeds. This would not result in a loss of steering, but could result in an increased risk of a crash."
Another 31,012 vehicles are being recalled in Canada for the problem.
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries linked to the recall.
Ford dealers and Lincoln dealers will install new bolts, seal them and replace damaged steering gears. The recall is expected to begin on May 18. Owners can contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Dealers are waiting for parts to become available. Owners should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their dealer.