The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency is opening a preliminary investigation into 340,000 Ford trucks over complaints of steering gear box failures resulting in a loss of control.
The investigation covers the 2008 Ford F250 and F350 Super Duty trucks after several reported crashes.
NHTSA said it has received five complaints alleging an internal failure of the steering gear box resulting in a complete loss of steering control. One report said the loss of steering resulted in the vehicle crashing into a parked vehicle at 20 miles an hour. The driver said he believed the 2008 F-350 steering and suspension was too light for a heavy load. The complaint said the steering box failed and crashed into a parked car at 20 miles per hour.
A second report said failure of the steering gear box resulted in a roadway departure at 35 miles per hour. Another complaint said a 2008 F250 with 55,000 miles crashed into a guardrail after a steering failure. After being towed to a dealership, the owner said he was told “the failure was related to the steering box.”
Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said the automaker is working with the agency. “We are cooperating fully with this NHTSA on this investigation as we always do,” she said.