"Do Not Drive" Advisory Issued for 5,676 2014 Ford F-150 Trucks
Steering Gear Issue Prompts Preemptive Safety Recall
At one time, recall notices were usually only issued by order of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But in the wake of the ongoing General Motors ignition switch investigation, automakers are taking a much more proactive approach to recalls, especially those that directly affect vehicle safety. Ford is in front of an issue affecting as many as 5,675 2014 F-150 models equipped with electronic power assist steering (EPAS).
The company discovered a potential issue with the EPAS steering gear motor position sensor magnet that was incorrectly installed by the module supplier. Of the more than 5,000 trucks, only around 260 are believed to be in the hands of customers, with the rest within dealer inventory or in-transit.
Owners of the affected trucks are advised not to drive them until they can be inspected and, if necessary, repaired by an authorized Ford dealer, and to contact their closest dealer immediately for repair. 2014 F-150 models equipped with the 6.2L V-8 are not affected by the recall due to their hydraulic steering system, which differs from the EPAS system on F-150 models equipped with the 3.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0L DOHC V-8 engines.