At the end of June, Ford Motor Company announced that it is revising the total volume of a safety recall for approximately 5,675 2014 Ford F-150 trucks due to a potential issue with Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS) gears. Only a small amount of these vehicles have been delivered to customers, and the fix involves replacing the steering gear. According to Ford, no accidents or injuries have been attributed to this condition.
The problem: on June 17, 2014, a supplier notified Ford of a potential issue surrounding the Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS) gears, which have a motor position sensor magnet that was incorrectly installed by the supplier. After a further review of their data, the supplier has identified additional suspect steering gears — which this revision to the recall is looking to address.
Vehicles affected: 2014 model year Ford F-150 pickup trucks.
Amount of vehicles affected: 5,675 vehicles.
As of June 24, 2014, of those 5, 675 vehicles, approximately 260 have been delivered to customers globally, and the remainder are at dealership or in transit to dealers. Ford is advising affected owners not to drive their vehicles, and to instead contact their dealers immediately for the needed repair.
The fix: dealers will replace the steering gear on the affected units. What’s more, dealers have been instructed to stop delivering any affected vehicles or conducting demonstration drives in these vehicles until the fix has been applied.