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2024 Ford F-150 Recalled Due to Possible Loss of Steering After Factory Mix-up

  • Ford is recalling several hundred 2024 F-150 trucks due to a potentially faulty fastener in the lower steering shaft.
  • An error at the Kansas City assembly plant resulted in the wrong part being used, which could come loose and result in total loss of steering control.
  • Despite the potential danger, Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

If it’s a tag that ends in Y, you can bet a Ford has been recalled. This time it’s the 2024 F-150 that can suffer a “loss of steering control.”

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an incorrect fastener may have been used to attach the lower steering shaft to the steering box. This can cause the fastener to become loose over time and possibly come off entirely. In this case, steering system disconnection and loss of control may occur.

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This poses a significant security risk and the cause appears to be simple human error. Specifically, the safety recall report states that “a box of fasteners intended for a different use was incorrectly delivered to the station securing the lower steering column I-shaft and mixed with the correct fasteners.” This occurred in the Assembly plant in Kansas City and was not immediately noticed.

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However, on April 11, an incorrect fastener was found, triggering an investigation. This ultimately led to the discovery of a mix of fasteners with different sizes (25mm and 37mm) and material types (8.8 and 10.9).

    2024 Ford F-150 recalled due to possible loss of steering after factory mix-up

An investigation revealed that the correct fastener captured seven threads, but the incorrect one only fully captured two threads and partially captured another three threads. Because of the limited thread engagement, things could take a terrible turn.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall, which involves replacing the lower steering shaft mount on affected models. Owners are expected to be notified later this month, but the recall is small, affecting only 385 trucks. That’s a drop in the bucket when you’re talking about the best-selling vehicle in America.

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    2024 Ford F-150 recalled due to possible loss of steering after factory mix-up

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