Ford continued to monitor the issue, identifying a vehicle owner questionnaire potentially related to the aforementioned concern. The automaker was aware of 2,062 warranty claims on December 31st last year. Happily, for everyone involved, no accidents or injuries have been reported.
Better late than never, the Field Review Committee approved a recall in February 2022. No fewer than 44,219 vehicles are called back, vehicles produced for the 2021 and 2022 model years between May 11th, 2019, and June 17th, 2021. This condition affects the E-350 and E-450 equipped with dual rear wheels, according to documents filed with the federal watchdog.
As per the filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “the power steering pressure line in affected vehicles may be inadequately connected to the brake Hydroboost unit.” In the worst-case scenario, a sudden loss of power steering fluid is possible.
Ford admits the fitting between the power steering pressure line and Hydroboost may not have been adequately connected during assembly, which is a serious quality control-related issue. Dealers have been instructed to replace the old power steering lines with the revised design that was introduced into production on June 21st last year. To whom it may concern, these lines are supplied by Easley-based Yokohama Industries Americas.
Owners can expect to be notified between March 7th and March 11th.