Ford Australia is asking owners of 443 examples of its F-150 pickup to stop driving as there’s the risk of a loss of steering control.
UPDATE, 18/01/2024 1:20PM: Ford Australia has provided a statement on this recall.
“We picked up the issue in the re-manufacturing plant and there have been no reported incidents in the field,” said a Ford Australia spokesperson.
“A total of 98 vehicles delivered to customers required an inspection to confirm that the steering shaft had been installed correctly.
“The vast majority of these inspections took place last weekend, with dealer technicians visiting customers at home or a location convenient to them.
“None of these vehicles were found to have an incorrectly installed steering shaft, so those customers have now been cleared to drive their vehicle as normal.
“A few customers were travelling and away from their vehicles, so their vehicles are not being driven and will be inspected as soon as they’re accessible.
“The balance of the potentially affected vehicles is being checked by our team or dealer network before delivery to customers.
“We thank customers for their patience as we work through this process.”
This recall affects locally remanufactured Ford F-150 models produced between 2022 and 2023.
“Due to a remanufacturing process issue, the steering intermediate shaft may separate from the steering rack resulting in a loss of steering control,” said the company in its recall notice.
“A loss of steering control could increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to vehicle occupants and/or other road users.”
- A total of 443 vehicles are affected
- The VIN list is attached here
- The original recall notice is attached here
If you own an affected vehicle, you should stop driving immediately and urgently contact Ford to organise an inspection and repair, free of charge. You’ll also be notified in writing.
If you have further questions you can contact any authorised Ford dealer or the Ford Customer Relationship Centre on 13 36 73.
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