2015 Ford F-150 Recalled For Upper I-Shaft Issues
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.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Ford F-150.
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.