NHTSA Investigates 340,000 Ford Trucks for Steering Gear Box Issues image

NHTSA announced today, May 11th, it is opening a preliminary investigation into 340,000 2008 Ford F250 and F350 Super Duty trucks, due to steering gear box issues.

The NHTSA said that the steering gear box failures resulted in a loss of control, and after several crashes were reported the agency decided to begin a preliminary investigation into 340,000 2008 Ford F250 and F350 Super Duty trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received five complaints related to this internal failure of the steering gear box which resulted in the complete loss of the steering control.

One of the drivers reporting this issue said that his 2008 F-350 crashed into a parked car at 20 miles per hour after the he lost the steering control, another driver said the problem caused the vehicle depart at 35 miles per hour and another driver crashed his 2008 F250 with 55,000 miles into a guardrail. After his car was towed to a dealership he was told that “the failure was related to the steering box.”

“We are cooperating fully with this NHTSA on this investigation as we always do,” said Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker.

Source: The Detroit News