Ford Motor Company has requested its dealer network to refrain from selling and even test-driving Focus and C-Max models produced between August 8-15, 2014. The potential problem seems to be with the steering gear assembly.
Yahoo Finance reports that a Ford spokeswoman said yesterday that 616 vehicles were built with the steering defect, with only 32 on dealer lots and none having been sold.
The problem with the steering assembly is that they may not have enough ball bearings. “This condition can result in deformation and degradation of the remaining ball bearings, which can lead to impaired steering, including the loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash,” Ford said Thursday afternoon.
The fix will fall upon the dealers, who will replace the steering gear to make the vehicles viable for sale.