DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 185,000 1997 F-series trucks and Expedition SUVs to inspect the steering shaft, which could separate from the steering gear, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
The problem appears to be a high-mileage durability issue, Ford says.
The automaker is investigating three accidents that may have been caused by a separated steering shaft in these vehicles. Two injuries are attributed to the defect.
Ford estimates that less than 1 percent of the affected vehicles will need to be repaired. The automaker will mail recall notices to the owners of the recalled vehicles. Even if vehicles are off warranty, Ford will pay for the repairs.