On Tuesday, Ford Motor Co. announced that it is expanding its recall of 2014 F-150 pickup trucks for a potential problem with the electronic power assisted steering gear. The expansion comes after a supplier corrected the number of potentially defective parts.
Ford initially recalled 372 F-150 pickups. The automaker said that the trucks are equipped with steering gears which may have an incorrectly installed motion position sensor magnet. If the gear motor position sensor magnet is not correctly installed, the steering function is compromised. There could be “loss of steering control,” which increases the risk of a crash.
The Blue Oval notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the issue on June 10.
Ford has instructed owners not to drive their trucks and to immediately make arrangements to have the vehicles fixed. It has also instructed its dealers to provide rental transportation to customers affected by the recall and to arrange the towing of their vehicles to the dealership.
From less than 400 units, the recall now covers 5,675 units. The unspecified supplier told Ford of additional defective steering gears on June 17. The pickups which may have incorrectly installed gear motor position sensor magnets were manufactured from May 26 to June 19 at Ford’s Dearborn Assembly Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant.
4,629 of the affected F-150 pickup trucks are in the United States. According to Ford, it has delivered 260 of the pickups covered by the recall to customers while others are in transit to dealers or are already in dealership lots. The company has halted the delivery of the recalled F-150s until the repairs have been made and has told dealers to halt delivery of and test drives in the affected units.
Ford said that there are no accidents or injuries linked to this issue.
In other news, Ford assured the public that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 will arrived as scheduled. This comes after Morgan Stanley expressed concerns about delays.
“Everything is on schedule and everything is going as planned,” said Joe Hinrichs, President of The Americas at Ford.
The Dearborn-based automaker is retooling two factories in preparation for the new truck, which is about 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing steel model. The retooling is said to result in lost production of over 90,000 of its F-Series pickups and the plant shutdown is expected to lower the company’s profits, sales and market share.
The F-150 is Ford’s best-selling light vehicle in the country.
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