Toyota, Honda, Ford, Lincoln recall vehicles



TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 185,000 vehicles globally, mostly in Japan and Europe, for a glitch in the power steering. The recall includes the Yaris.

Only about 100 vehicles were affected in North America.

The problem can short circuit the power steering, causing a warning lamp and buzzer to go on. It can also suspend power-steering assistance, so the driver needs to work harder to steer, Toyota said.


DETROIT — Honda is urging the owners of more than 686,000 Fit and Jazz subcompacts to park them outside because the power window switches can catch fire.

Honda is recalling 2007-08 model cars. It’s telling owners not to park them in garages until the driver’s-side door switches can be inspected. Water can get inside the door through an open window and damage the switches, causing them to overheat, potentially sparking a fire.

The recall covers 143,000 Fits in the U.S. The Fit and Jazz are the same car but sold under different names in different markets.

Under the recall, owners will be asked to take their cars to dealers, who will inspect the switches. IThe repairs will be made free. Honda will start notifying owners in mid-July. People with questions can call Honda at (800) 999-1009.

Ford, Lincoln

DETROIT — Ford is recalling just over 13,000 Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS cars and SUVs because the child safety locks might not work on the rear doors.

The recall affects 2013 model cars. Ford says the safety locks can be turned off when the doors are opened or closed. That could allow a door to be opened with the inside handle and hurt a child.

Dealers will test the locks and replace door latches, if needed, at no cost to owners.

– Associated Press