The probes cover about 643,000 vehicles including 380,000 Edge SUVs from the 2011 to 2013 model years, and almost 263,000 Fusions from the 2010 model year. At least 3 million vehicles have been recalled to fix the latches, which were installed in much of Ford's model lineup.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the "door ajar" light in these vehicles may stay on all of the time, not allowing drivers to know if any of the doors are in fact closed. This reported issue has been linked to one injury.
In September, Ford said it was expanding a recall for door latches by 1.5 million vehicles to 2.4 million vehicles because the door may unlatch while vehicles are in motion.
In the other case under investigation, NHTSA is looking into 547 reports of the failure of power steering in 2010 Ford Fusions.
Ford has issued a recall for 2011 and 2012 Fusions that use the same electric-steering unit. Fortunately, no injuries or crashes have been reported associated with this issue.
Investigators will decide if the 2015 and 2016 models should be added to the recall. The safety agency says it will "assess the scope, frequency and consequence" of the alleged defects.
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In an emailed statement, a spokeswoman for the Dearborn automaker said it's cooperating with federal regulators.
The other investigation centers around 262,599 Fusions from model year 2010.
Last month, Ford announced that it would spend $640 million to replace door latches on almost 2.4 million cars, trucks and vans this year because the doors can pop open while the vehicles are moving. That recall has become so costly that Ford had to cut its estimated full-year pre-tax profit to $10.2 billion from at least $10.8 billion.
The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in North America. But NHTSA said it has received 10 complaints about the 2015 version of the popular pickup and 15 complaints about the 2016 edition.
Safety consequences of the problem include reports that doors flung open while the vehicle was being driven, doors that couldn't be locked while the auto was being driven and dome lights that stayed on continuously, NHTSA says in its report. A fix by the dealer didn't work, the person wrote.
You can view a few screenshots of the complaints filed by Ford F-150 customers in the photo gallery of this story. According to the NHTSA, "many drivers report that a warning light indicating "power steering assist fault" lights up when the failure occurs..."