Ford Motor Co. is voluntarily recalling 103,000 of its 1999 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks to replace the lower steering shaft coupling on some vehicles.
Ford will inspect the trucks for improperly crimped rivets on the steering shaft flexible coupling, said Ford spokeswoman Karen Shaughnessy. The defect could cause the coupling to turn on the shaft, resulting in a reduction or loss of steering capability.
In addition, Ford is recalling 12,000 of its 1999 F-350 Super Duty trucks with single rear wheels because a rust preventive may damage the parking brake linings. Shaughnessy said Ford dealers will solve the problem by burnishing off the rust preventive.
She said no accidents or injuries related to the steering or parking brake conditions have been reported.
The fast-selling Super Duty trucks, introduced in late February, have a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 pounds or more and are aimed at commercial and business applications. In March and April the Super Duty trucks represented about 40 percent of F-series sales, compared with 33 percent for those types a year ago, said Ford spokesman George Pipas.
F-series sales were up 10.2 percent, to 71,343, in April, mainly because of the Super Duty trucks, Pipas said. For the first four months of this year, F-series sales increased 0.3 percent.
Beginning with the 1999 model year, Ford has been building the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks on a different vehicle platform than the lighter-duty F-150 and F-250 full-sized pickups, which have a gvw rating below 8,500 pounds.
Also being recalled:
1997 SUBARU LEGACY
Problem: Supplier failed to fit a bearing to the throttle shaft, which can result in incomplete return of the throttle valve and, consequently, high idling.
Number: Estimated up to 100 vehicles built from Aug. 9, 1996, to March 21, 1997.
Fix: Dealers will check for a missing bearing on the throttle assembly and replace the bearing if it is missing.