Recall: 1997 Expedition: STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR

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[FONT=&quot]NHTSA #: [/FONT][FONT=&quot]69264[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
Make: FORD
Model: EXPEDITION
Model Year: 1997
MFG Campaign #: 03S02

Description: STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR

Manufacturer that filed defect/noncompliance report: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Begin Date of MFG: 3/1/1996
End Date of MFG: 9/30/1996
Vehicle, Equipment, or Tire report: V

Number of units affected: 171,446
Date owner notified by MFG: 5/30/2003

Recall Initiator: ODI
MFG's of Recalled Vehicles/Products: FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Defect Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, IF THE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT YOKE SEPARATES FROM THE STEERING GEAR INPUT SHAFT, THE STEERING SYSTEM BECOMES DISCONNECTED.

Consequence Summary: THIS COULD RESULT IN LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL, POTENTIALLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Corrective Summary: DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE STEERING INTERMEDIATE SHAFT YOKE TO DETERMINE IF THE YOKE IS FULLY SEATED ON THE STEERING GEAR INPUT SHAFT. IF THE YOKE IS FULLY SEATED NO SERVICE IS REQUIRED. IF THE YOKE IS NOT FULLY SEATED AND BOLT GROOVE AND SPLINE IS VISIBLE, THE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT AND BOLT WILL BE REPLACED AS WELL AS THE BOLT AT THE STEERING COLUMN CONNECTION. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON MAY 30, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673. [/FONT]
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Recall Notes: FORD RECALL NO. 03S02.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).[/FONT]
 

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