Ford Motor Company has just issued a recall on the 2015 F-150 due to an improperly riveted upper I-shaft on 12,328 vehicles in North America. The I-shaft, the mechanical linkage from the steering wheel to the steering box, could potentially separate at the riveted joint, causing an abrupt loss in steering.

Thankfully, there have been no reported accidents or injuries surrounding this incident, but Ford is aware of one reported loss of steering that is likely related.

Of the 12,328 F-150s affected, 8,963 are in the U.S. and its territories, 3,348 are in Canada, and 17 are in Mexico. Of those, 6,722 pickup trucks are still on dealership lots, meaning repairs will be done before being sold. Still, 5,606 trucks are already in customers’ hands. Those owners can expect to receive a letter informing them of the recall.

The affected trucks were built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from March 19, 2015 to March 21, 2015 and at the Dearborn Truck Plant from March 21, 2015 to March 30, 2015.

The upper I-shaft will be inspected by dealers and replaced if necessary. As with all recalls, the service will come at no cost to the owner.

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Why it matters

Recalls are generally centered on safety concerns, and this one certainly qualifies. Having a complete loss of steering is kind of a big deal. Though it’s not said what conditions are necessary for breaking the rivets on the I-shaft, it’s likely the separation would occur during a hard turn or high-load situation – making the scenario that much worse.

Thankfully no one has reported any injuries or accidents related to the I-shaft. Hopefully things stay that way and folks pay attention to the recall and getting their trucks inspected.

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Press Release

Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for approximately 12,300 2015-model Ford F-150 vehicles in North America for an upper I-shaft that might have been riveted improperly, potentially causing it to separate. If that happens, it could result in the loss of steering control without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries, but is aware of one report of loss of steering believed to be related to this condition.

Affected vehicles include certain 2015 F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from March 19, 2015 to March 21, 2015 and certain 2015 F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant from March 21, 2015 to March 30, 2015.

There are 12,328 vehicles that might be affected in North America, including 8,963 in the United States and federalized territories, 3,348 in Canada and 17 in Mexico. Of those, 6,722 vehicles are unsold, meaning 5,606 vehicles are in customer’s hands.

Dealers will inspect the upper I-shaft assembly and replace it if necessary at no cost to the customer.

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