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2023 Ford Bronco Recalled Over Steering Gear Safety Issue (Updated)

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2023 Ford Bronco Wildtrak and 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor models over a steering gear safety issue.

The defect: in affected vehicles, internal damage to the steering gear may require increased steering effort or cause the steering wheel to lock up.

The hazards: a steering wheel that locks up can result in a complete loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Ford Bronco

Components: steering gear

Affected vehicles: select 2023 Ford Bronco Wiltrak and 2022 Bronco Raptor models produced at the Michigan Assembly plant from August 30th, 2022, to March 1st, 2023.

Number of vehicles affected: 343

The fix: dealers will replace the steering gear, free of charge. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the remedy is performed.

Ford Bronco

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on March 27th, 2023. The Ford reference number for this recall is 23S09.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 23S09
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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Update: Maria Buczkowski, manager of corporate communications at Ford, sent the following statement to Ford Authority: “Within days of hearing from our supplier about one related customer warranty concern, we were able to swiftly investigate and identify the issue. On March 3rd, we proactively reached out to 58 affected customers, informing them not to drive their vehicles, and provided them with the option of a loan vehicle. Another ~280 are at dealerships or are held at our plant and will be repaired before they are in customer hands.”

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  1. mabe

    Sad that Ford can’t get it correct since 2020.. I think it’s time for Farley to go. No excuse.

    1. RWFA

      LoL. Great analysis and conclusion. Oh wait, not so much.

  2. Crabbymilton

    Now that these things are everywhere all the time, you could see recall’s coming.

    1. RWFA

      It’s literally 343 suspect vehicles, of which 3%, or about 10 cars are expected to actually have the defect.

      Everywhere is doing some very heavy lifting here my friend.

      As for the other recalls? Population, expected defect rate and expected defect yield:

      – 2023 –

      Trans bolt:
      1,138, 3%, 33

      — 2022 —

      Sensor stud
      1,226, 1%, 12

      Rear camera
      47,000, 100%, 47,000

      Windshield bond
      63,294, 15%, 9,494

      Safety lock
      53,103, 2%, 1,062

      1. Sid Teska

        2022 Manual transmission noise on cold starts is an issue. Bronco Nation has numerous threads on this. I have a Black Diamond and the noise started on day one. Ford has yet to find a fix for this. Will this become an issue when drivers start to get stranded on the road?

        1. Ron

          The same here hope they recall

  3. crabbymilton

    Tell that to the 343 people who have to deal with that thru no fault of their own. Sure these are little things but FORD has had a lot of these just little things adding up over the last several years. I stopped taking my work TRANSIT CONNECT to the FORD dealer for oil changes because the service department is backed up hopelessly. If they can’t handle simple oil changes and/or taking hours to do it, what makes you think they can handle a recall repair?

    1. RWFA

      Pro tip: take your ride to any dealer or oil shop with quality oil and filters and the best price.

      Doing so won’t void your warranty and will save you money.

      Hopelessly backed up can have a number of causes you know. The recalls add to the jam but may not be the cause of it (or personnel shortages and parts delays could also be significant contributing causes.)

  4. Shockandawe

    Here we go again, another Quality is Job 1 recall.

  5. Mike says...

    The Ford haters just hate… not much else to say about most of you that is worth saying.
    The good news remains that Ford is being the ‘stand up’ company and communicating its safety issues.

    1. Richard Jensen

      Hahaha. You seriously cannot be defending this. Ford has led the industry for the past three years in recalls. Their quality sucks. Their vehicles suck. Their EV play toys even suck.

      1. MtryAlex

        You just proved Mike’s point.

  6. Richard Jensen

    Looks like Ford wants to go for a fourth straight year leading the industry in recalls. What an accomplishment. Perhaps blowing billions on ridiculous EVs that nobody wants (and are junk) they should have spent that money on improving quality. As others have said Bimbo Jimbo needs to go. He’s a cancer just like Mulally.

    1. Ray

      Ford is focusing on EV’s because thats what the Fed’s want. The Fed’s are forcing EV’s on you and I. Think about it for a minute. Look at the amount of money each car manufacture is spending on battery techno a loan. How do you recover the cost. Look at the amount Ford and others are loosing per vehicle. It doesnt make good sense.


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