Feds Probe 340,000 Ford F-250, F-350 Super Duty Trucks for Steering Problem


  • 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty Picture

    2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty Picture

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 340,000 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks after complaints of loss of steering capability. | May 13, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA has opened an investigation into an estimated 340,000 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks after complaints of loss of steering capability.
  • Ford is cooperating with federal safety regulators in the probe, said Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, in response to a query from Edmunds.
  • The trucks have not been recalled at this point, although such an investigation can sometimes lead to a recall.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 340,000 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks after complaints of loss of steering capability.

Ford is cooperating with federal safety regulators in the probe, said Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, in response to a query from Edmunds.

The trucks have not been recalled at this point, although such an investigation can sometimes lead to a recall.

"Complainants allege an internal failure of the steering gear box results in a loss of steering capability," said NHTSA in its description of the problem.

Federal safety regulators say they have received five complaints alleging an internal failure of the steering gear box resulting in a complete loss of steering control in 2008 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks.

"One complainant alleges the loss of steering resulted in the vehicle crashing into a parked vehicle," said NHTSA in a posting on its Web site. "A second complaint alleges failure of the steering gear box resulted in a roadway departure at 35 mph."

A preliminary evaluation has been opened to gather information to assess whether the vehicles contain a safety-related defect.

Edmunds says: Owners of the 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks will have to be patient and wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work in this defect investigation.

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