Ford Motor Company is asking vehicle owners to park the top-selling current model 2014 F-150 pickup trucks until a power steering issue affecting about 5,675 vehicles is fixed.
According to a Reuters news report, Ford is saying that so far, no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of these auto defects.
Ford is also not selling any of these trucks until they are fixed.
The company is recalling 5,675 trucks expanding a previous recall of 372 trucks earlier this month. The trucks in question were manufactured from May 26 to June 19.
The recalled vehicles were either at dealerships or on their way to dealers.
The affected electronic power assist steering gears may have a motor position sensor magnet that was not properly installed by a supplier, according to Ford’s statement.
The supplier has not yet been identified.
Danger of Steering Defects
Steering defects can be extremely dangerous not only for vehicle occupants, but also for others on the roadway such as pedestrians and bicyclists.
When a driver loses control of the steering, he or she may never be able to regain vehicle control. Steering loss could result in head-on collisions, T-bone crashes or even rollover accidents.
Some of the injuries commonly sustained in such accidents may include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, multiple broken bones, internal organ damage and amputations.
What to Do If Your Vehicle Has Been Recalled
If you receive a recall letter, it will have instructions about the next steps you should take.
Usually, the letter will instruct you to set up an appointment with your dealer to schedule the necessary repairs. Such repairs should be free of charge if your vehicle has been recalled.
If you do not receive a recall letter, search through current safety recalls on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
If your vehicle is listed on the website as part of a recall, the manufacturer is required to fix your vehicle free of charge. If your vehicle is on a recall list, it does not necessarily mean that you are in danger.
But, if you learn that your car is part of a safety recall, do not take the risk.
If possible, drive another car until the recalled vehicle is fixed, even if the automaker that issued the recall does not specifically recommend it.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a defective auto, please contact an experienced auto product liability attorney to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.