Ford Motor Company announced Thursday the recall of 915,216 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs and 196,00 Ford Explorers in North America due to possible loss of power steering.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials said 740,878 of the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner involved in the recall are in the United States. The affected vehicles are from 2008 to 2011.
The 196,000 Ford Explorers are from 2011 to 2013.
According to the company, the loss of power steering can increase the risk of a crash when vehicles are traveling at a lower rate of speed.
U.S. regulators have received consumer reports of six injuries and five accidents related to the recall, Ford confirmed.
Dealers will perform one of three service fixes, depending upon the diagnostic code given when the vehicle is taken to the dealer.
Ford will either update software for the power steering control module and instrument cluster module, replace the torque sensor or replace the steering column.