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2021-2022 Ford E-Series Recall Under Investigation By NHTSA

Back in February 2022, The Blue Oval issued a recall for select 2021-2022 Ford E-Series E-350 and E-450 vehicles with dual rear wheels after it discovered that an inadequate connection between the power steering pressure line and the brake hydroboost unit may result in a sudden loss of power steering fluid. However, earlier this month, the automaker followed that action by issuing a second recall over the very same problem, this time, as the original proposed fix was seemingly inadequate. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a formal investigation into this matter.

Originally, Ford instructed dealers to inspect the connection between the power steering lines and the hydroboost unit, and replace the power steering lines if necessary. However, it seems as if that action wasn’t good enough, and in its second recall for impacted Ford E-Series models, the automaker noted that dealers should replace the power steering pressure line and the hydroboost jumper line altogether.

The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has since received 11 complaints related to this issue, which prompted it to open a new investigation. Those customers claim that their power steering lines detached after they passed inspection, in most cases, in ambulances and a wheelchair-lift equipped school bus.

Ford informed the NHTSA that it would be issuing a second recall to address these concerns, which involves updating the power steering pressure line components on any vehicle that had not yet been inspected and also any vehicle which had passed inspection within the last twelve months. However, vehicles that passed inspection more than twelve months ago will not be included in the new filing, which aims to evaluate the scope and remedy effectiveness of the new recall.

We’ll have more on this investigation soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford recall news, Ford E-Series news, and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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