Auto recalls

Ford SUVs, sedans


DETROIT — Ford is recalling 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America to fix steering, rust and floor-mat problems.

In the largest of the Ford recalls, the company is calling back 915,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner small SUVs to fix a problem with a torque sensor within the steering column. The problem could cause loss of power-assisted steering, making the SUVs more difficult to control, Ford says.

The company recommends one of three fixes: replacing the sensor, updating software or replacing the steering column. The recall affects model year 2008 through 2011 vehicles.

Another recall covers 196,000 Explorer SUVs from 2011 through 2013. An electrical problem in a steering gear can knock out power steering. Dealers will update software or replace the gear.

Ford issued two other recalls:

• More than 196,600 Taurus sedans from the 2010 through 2014 model years: They can rust around the license plate light, which can cause a short circuit and fire.

• About 82,500 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and Lincoln MKZ cars from 2006 through 2011: Floor mats could come in contact with the gas pedal if improperly installed. Dealers will replace the mats.

GM sedans

DETROIT — General Motors recalled a small number of Pontiac G6 midsize cars to fix a faulty brake light system in 2009, yet waited more than five years to call back more than 2 million other cars with the same system, according to company documents.

The documents, filed last week, show that GM recalled about 8,000 Pontiacs from the 2005 and 2006 model years but didn’t recall later-model G6s or the Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura until three weeks ago. The cars are nearly identical.

The recall covers 2.4 million G6, Malibu, Malibu Maxx and Aura models from 2004 through 2012.