Complaints of Steering Loss on 2008 Ford Super Duty Reported to NHTSA

Drivers count on brakes and steering functioning in their vehicles. When either or both fail, it can make for some harrowing experiences behind the wheel. The 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty are under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation after receiving five complaints of loss of steering on those models, one of which reportedly resulted in a crash.

As many as 340,000 trucks may be subject to the investigation. Two of the complaints allege the steering wheel spun freely with no apparent directional control. A failure of the steering gear box would seize the steering shaft, causing a shearing of the steering wheel shaft pin. One of the failures caused the truck to veer off the road at 35 mph, and another ran into a parked car at 20 mph. The failures all occurred on vehicles with less than 100,000 miles. One complaint alleges two steering box failures within 4000 miles.

Although there were two incidents that resulted in vehicles going off the road, and one resulting in a collision, none of them have so far resulted in serious injury. If you have experienced a similar issue, and wish to report it to the agency, go to

Source: NHTSA

By Edward A. Sanchez

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