Ford is recalling 2016 F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks due to a problem that caused the airbag to not fit as intended. The recall applies to 310,203 super duty trucks across the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550.
The root cause of this problem is the design of the steering wheel clock spring connector for these trucks. Ford says the watch’s spring “can be contaminated by dust, which can increase the friction of the inner ribbon wire rotated with the steering wheel.” This friction with the ribbon wire leads to “backwinding or overwinding” and then “some or all” of the ribbon circuit may be disconnected. Once this connection is lost, the driver will no longer place the airbag as intended.
One obvious warning sign you’ll notice is the illumination of the dash airbag warning light. In addition, Ford says you can hear a popping or clicking sound inside the steering wheel if it happens to your truck. Other warning signs include a reduction in illumination or functionality of the steering wheel switches and a passive horn.
To replace the steering wheel clock spring these retracted population trucks need to be taken to a Ford dealer. The new part has an updated retainer design that ensures that dust will not enter. Naturally, all withdrawal work will be free. Ford says it will launch customer notifications on July 5 this year.