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The Ford Motor Company announced this week that it has recalled an entire class of 2013 Ford F150 trucks and vans for a potential safety issue with the steering that could result in a loss of control and a crash.
The problem is, the steering is a bit complicated. Ford says it’s supposed to be a fail-safe, so if a steering problem is detected the truck will continue to drive if the problem is not corrected. The problem, however, is that Ford has not fixed the problem, and instead of fixing it they are having vehicles driven off the road and into trees.
Ford says it’s not a big deal because they won’t have vehicles driven off the road, but it does bother me a little bit because they have a safety issue that could be worse. Also, I have to wonder if they are really going to make it a safety issue when they don’t even fix the problem.
Ford has already started sending letters to customers who have been in an accident due to a faulty part on a 2013 F150. The letters include photos of the damaged body, but it’s not too hard to tell that this part isn’t the part that caused the accident. The letters are sent out to all of the affected vehicles, from the ones that were on the road on the day they were sent to the ones that were not. Ford has even included a link to this page on their website.
Ford has been sending letters to customers claiming the recall is not complete yet, though a few weeks ago they sent emails claiming that they had sent a recall notice to the wrong vehicle. The email was sent in error, but Ford sent out a notice to all owners, including all of the owners whose vehicles were not recalled. In the email Ford said that owners should check the recall status of their vehicles on the recall page at the link above.
This link to the recall page is now gone and Ford has removed this entire page from their website.
It’s been so long since we’ve done that, and we don’t know the full details. But we do know that the Ford recall is still a thing, and there’s been a ton of speculation on our site regarding the exact nature of the recall, and some of it has been confirmed; we have some good news.
Ford is the biggest automaker in the world. So any recall of a car is a real thing that can make the difference between sales and bankruptcy. But this recall is a little different than most recalls because we are talking about individual vehicles. So rather than just having a recall number on a vehicle, Ford has created a page that shows a list of the cars that have been recalled. Each car is accompanied with a picture of the recall and the date and time this recall was released.
It’s a bit confusing because each recall is a separate event. But to the casual observer the 2013 Ford F150 is a pretty clean car. It was recalled because of a defective front wheel bearing failure.
It’s not a great memory but it does make a lot of sense. The most recent Ford F150 recall is a classic case of the F150 on a Ford vehicle, and it’s a great example of the dangers of using a recall to get a perfect memory. So far, the memory is on the left, right, and bottom of the road.