The Right Direction: 2023 Ford F-150 adaptive energy absorption steering column must be replaced if deployed during collision, according to Ford OnTarget newsletter

Detroit, Michigan — In its most recent OnTarget newsletter, Ford outlines some new safety technology present on the 2023 Ford F-150, particularly regarding the sensitive repair requirements of the supplemental restraint system (SRS) on the model, as found in the adaptive energy absorption steering column. 

The 2023 Ford F-150’s adaptive absorption steering column includes a device that, once deployed, reduces the amount of force necessary to collapse the steering column during a collision. As such, a new steering column must be installed after deployment, states Ford.

“The deployable device is activated by the restraints control module (RCM) depending on the driver seat position and the force of the crash,” reads the newsletter. 

Image from Ford OnTarget newsletter. The 2023 Ford F-150 Airbag and Seatbelt Pretensioner Supplemental Restraint System.

If the vehicle has been in a crash, Ford advices to inspect the restraints control module and impact sensor mounting area for damage or deformation. If the mounting area is damaged, restore the area(s) to proper configuration.

After repairing these areas, the RCM and/or impact sensors in those locations must be replaced with a new component, regardless of whether airbags deployed.

“Failure to follow these instructions may result in serious personal injury or death in a subsequent collision,” advises Ford. 

Further, Ford notes that, “deployable devices such as airbags, pretensions and inflatable belt inflators may deploy alone or in various combinations depending on the impact event.”

“Always refer to the appropriate workshop manual procedure(s) prior to carrying out vehicle repairs that affect the SRS and seatbelt system,” reads the note. 

The OEM also emphasizes that precise tolerances are required in manufacturing a steering column, and advises never to install a repair, rebuilt or remanufactured steering column on the 2023 Ford F-150. 

“ALWAYS install a new steering column,” writes the OEM. “Failure to follow this direction can result in steering column failure.” 

Ford advises to install a new adaptive energy absorption steering column if any of these conditions are met:

  • Steering wheel is bent, loose or damaged
  • Steering column functionality is binding, bent or sticking
  • Steering column bearings display brinelling or other damage
  • Steering shaft is bent, loose or damaged
  • Any abnormal steering column movement is detected

Click here to read Ford’s full Q4 OnTarget newsletter. 

The post The Right Direction: 2023 Ford F-150 adaptive energy absorption steering column must be replaced if deployed during collision, according to Ford OnTarget newsletter appeared first on Collision Repair Magazine.

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