DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling 538 replacement steering gears that may have been installed on 2008-'10 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel trucks in North America, the automaker said on Tuesday.
"The replacement steering gear mounting flange does not rest flush against the vehicle frame, which may result in steering gear bolt fatigue," Ford said in a statement. "Over time and with high mileage, the replacement steering gear bolts may break, increasing the risk of a crash."
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.
The problem parts may have been installed on trucks equipped with a 6.4-liter diesel engine.
Ford dealers will replace the bolts and install spacers between the steering gear and the vehicle frame. The recall is expected to begin on April 20. Owners may contact Ford customer service at (800) 392-3673.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: It will take a couple of months for this recall to get going. If you own one of these trucks and have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.