Ford, Kia recall vehicles

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Ford sedans

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. will inspect 386,000 large sedans in the U.S. to make sure they don’t have a steering problem that caused a recall in August.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Ford will check 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles that weren’t included in the August recall. Dealers will check and repair steering shafts if needed.

The August recall included more than 419,000 of the same cars in 22 cold-weather states and Washington, D.C. Ford determined that the steering shafts could rust and come apart in areas where salt is used to clear snow, causing a loss of steering.

The company later found that steering shafts can separate on cars outside the recall area, if they were involved in front-end collisions.

Kia minivans

DETROIT — Kia Motors Corp. is recalling more than 96,000 minivans in the U.S. and Canada because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.

The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012. They were sold or registered in Canada and in 20 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the lower control arms near the wheels can rust and break due to salt exposure. Kia dealers will inspect the parts and rustproof or replace them for free starting next month. In the U.S., the recall covers nearly 80,000 vans. More than 16,000 Sedonas are covered in Canada.

Kia said it doesn’t know of any injuries or crashes caused by the problem.

Owners with questions can call the company at (800) 333-4542.

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