Ford recalls 230,000 AU Falcons: Steering Problems
Lifted from The Age
Ford recalls 230,000 cars
June 17, 2004 - 3:02PM
Ford Australia has recalled more than 230,000 AU Falcons to fix a potential steering problem.
Ford said today the cars, built between June 1, 1998 and May 22, 2001, included about 13,000 exported to New Zealand and 1,000 shipped to South Africa.
The company said the problem related to the integrity of a steering rack mounting stud.
It said over-tightening of the stud during service could actually allow it to loosen during driving by degrading the Loctite threadlocking compound used during the vehicle's assembly.
"In extreme cases the stud may detach and result in a deterioration or loss of steering control," Ford said.
The company said no crashes or injuries had been reported as a result of the problem.
The Department of Transport and Regional Services had reports of only two cases where the stud had come loose and one case of a missing stud.
But Ford said its own warranty data had revealed a further 28 vehicles of concern.
The recall did not affect the latest BA model Falcon.
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