It’s great to see Ford taking responsibility for the issues caused by it’s vehicles. While I don’t know of any accidents caused specifically by this defect, the size of this recall surely leads to the possibility that car accidents may have been caused, and gone unnoticed. Based on what we know, it seems that defect results in the steering shaft being corroded, collapsing, and separating. The possibility of a major auto vehicle accident, based on this, is extremely plausible. You may have been in an accident, without even realizing it’s not your fault.
Anyone who suspects they may have been in an accident as a result of this defect, should seek the counsel of a personal injury lawyer. You may be eligible for compensation for accidents, that may not have been your fault.