The affected vehicles include Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car models made between 2005 and 201.
The recall comes after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration looked into customer complaints regarding steering loss in some models of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
Most of the allegedly affected cars are in the U.S. but about 15,000 of the vehicles are in Canada. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries thus far.
Ford said that possibly affected owners could have their vehicles checked and, if necessary, repaired by dealers at no cost.
According to the New York Times, the vehicles are only being recalled in states that rely heavily on road salt in the winter including, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.