DETROIT (AP) -- Federal safety investigators are looking into complaints that the power steering can fail on 2011 Ford Explorer SUVs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the problem could affect 83,000 Explorers from the 2011 model year.

The agency says it has received 15 complaints about the problem. Drivers reported that it forced them to use more effort to steer the SUVs. No crashes or injuries have been reported to the government.

In some cases drivers got a warning message before the power steering quit. At times, restarting the SUVs corrected the problem.

An investigation could lead to a recall. The government says it is looking into how often the problem happens.

Messages were left Friday seeking comment from a Ford spokeswoman.
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