Ford is perennially the top-selling pick-up truck in the United States, but two models of the 2008 lineup are being investigated for faulty steering gear boxes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening a preliminary investigation into 340,000 Ford F250 and F350 Super Duty trucks from 2008 after several reported crashes.
According to the NHTSA, five complaints alleging an internal failure of the steering gear box resulting in a complete loss of steering control and resulted in the the driver crashing the truck 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 and commented: “We are cooperating fully with this NHTSA on this investigation as we always do.”