With the heightened awareness of safety brought on by General Motors' massive ignition-switch recall involving the Chevrolet Cobalt and related models, many automakers are now taking a more proactive approach to vehicle safety and recalls. While not of the same magnitude of GM's series of recalls, which now total up to 15.8 million vehicles, Ford's recall of more than 1 million SUVs for issues with power steering certainly makes it one of the bigger recalls so far in 2014.

The affected models are the 2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner models for issues affecting the proper function of the power steering. NHTSA received reports of six injuries and five crashes related to the failure. The 2011-2013 Ford Explorer is also being recalled for steering issues, with 15 accidents and two minor injuries reported. Altogether, 915,216 Escape and Mariner models and 195,527 Explorers are being recalled.

But Ford is not alone with steering-related recalls. Nissan is recalling 1,644 units of the 2014 Rogue compact SUV for a faulty bolt in the intermediate steering shaft that connects the steering system to the upper steering assembly. Incorrect bolts were specified for these models, which could come loose and cause a rattle, and could ultimately come loose and cause a loss of steering control.

Ford owners can call 800-392-3673, and Nissan owners can call 800-647-7261. Owners can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

Source: Reuters, NHTSA