US Safety Regulator Probes Ford E-Series Recall

( – Safety authorities are beginning a recall query for 44,216 Ford E-series automobiles due to an issue that could cause power loss in the assisted steering and power brakes. A recall query is the process of investigating recalls that were not fully remedied.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reporting consumer complaints during 2023 claiming that the power steering is failing in vehicles that had already been recalled once to have the problem addressed.

That recall required Ford to replace parts and inspect the vehicles after to ensure that the power steering pressure line was firmly connected to the hydraulic brake booster. Without a firm connection, the power steering and brakes could have a drop in pressure which could disable them.

NHTSA was looking into E-450 and E-350 models that were produced between 2021 and 2022 and have dual rear wheels.

Ford agreed to a new recall for the impacted vehicles. They plan to update the power steering parts on all vehicles they’ve yet to inspect, as well as ones they’ve already updated and recalled once within the last year.

Ford has had a number of serious problems that necessitated recalls in recent years. One Detroit-based mechanic issued a shoddy fix for Takata airbags in Ford vehicles. The Takata airbag recall covered over 67 million vehicles from 30 car makers, and was one of the largest recalls in history. The improper fix could have impacted as many as 42,000 vehicles. The Detroit Free Press discovered that the mechanic had billed for the work, but failed to perform it or failed to perform it correctly.

Ford began reinspection of impacted vehicles in March 2022 and will continue to fund the program through 2027. Ford fined any dealer or mechanic $10,000 per incident if they determined there was ineffectual work done. The cars they’re looking at include the 2005-2014 Ford Mustang, 2005-2006 GT, 2004-2011 Ford ranger, 2006-2012 Fusion, and other models.

Ford reported that less than 2% of those vehicles it’s reinspected have had problems.

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