Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 12,300 F-150 pickups from the 2015 model year. According to a press release from the automaker, some of those vehicles may have been improperly assembled, and as a result, owners could have trouble steering their trucks.
The problem is rooted in the steering intermediate shaft, often referred to as the I-shaft. The I-shaft connects a steering wheel to the rest of the steering system, making it a crucial component in controlling a vehicle.
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Unfortunately, Ford says that the upper I-shaft in some F-150s may not have been properly riveted. As a result, the shaft can separate, which "could result in the loss of steering control without warning". Depending on when and where that happens, it could spell serious trouble for drivers.
Although Ford has received one report of this problem from an owner, the company knows of no accidents or injuries related to the issue.
The recall affects F-150s made on very specific dates at Ford's production facilities:
- 2015 F-150 trucks built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant between March 19, 2015 and March 21, 2015
- 2015 F-150 trucks built at the Dearborn Truck Plant between March 21, 2015 and March 30, 2015
All told, the recall affects 12,328 F-150s across North America. Of that number, 8,963 are located in the U.S., 3,348 are located in Canada, and 17 are in Mexico. Ford says that 6,722 are still on dealers' lots.
If your F-150 is affected by this recall, you'll receive a notice from Ford. Afterward, you'll be able to take your truck to a local Ford dealer, who will inspect the upper I-shaft and replace it if necessary. Should you have additional questions, you're encouraged to contact Ford customer service at (800) 392-3673.