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Previous-Generation Ford Edge, Fusion Undergoing NHTSA Investigations

Two Ford passenger vehicles – the 2011-’13 Ford Edge and the 2010 Ford Fusion – are being examined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) following complaints about standard equipment faults that have been linked to a total of five injuries, reports The Detroit News.

The NHTSA has received 1,560 reports that the “door ajar” light on some examples of the 2011-to-2013 Ford Edge stays on continuously, even when all doors are properly latched. “When the light is illuminated continuously, vehicle occupants cannot be certain if any of the doors are properly latched,” the NHTSA says. This reported issue has been linked to one injury.

The 2010 Ford Fusion has prompted 547 complaints from owners that the power steering system can sometimes fail without warning, making the car very difficult to steer. According to the NHTSA, “many drivers report that a warning light indicating ‘power steering assist fault’ lights up when the failure occurs… Drivers report that the system can fail at both low and high speeds and the fault is sometimes intermittent.” The issue has been linked to four injuries.

So far, no official recalls for either the Ford Edge nor the Fusion have been issued. A Ford spokesperson said only that the automaker will cooperate with the NHTSA throughout its investigation.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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