Ford has issued safety recalls on 1.4 million vehicles being operated in North America for a variety of issues.
The company said 915,216 Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners from model years 2008-2011 might have defects in a steering column sensor that could cause the vehicles to shift from power steering to manual steering — which could result in an "increased risk of crash."
The company also said 195,527 of its 2011-2013 Explorers had an "intermittent electrical connection" in their steering gears, which could result in a similar loss of power steering and similar risk of crash.
Ford said 196,639 of its 2010-2014 Taurus cars might have corrosion issues in their license plate lamps, which could result in a short circuit, excessive heat and a fire.
And many as 82,576 Ford Fusions, Mercury Milans, Lincoln Zephyrs and MKZ vehicles from model years 2006-2011 were sold with floor mats that "might come in contact with the accelerator pedal."
To date, 2014 has been a big year for automobile recalls, which in the first five months of the year have already surpassed all of 2013. Last year, 22 million car safety recalls were issued. This year the number is already more than 24 million — on a pace to catch the record of 30 million recalls set in 2004.