Would be nice if they cared about customer satisfaction/feedback buuuut...That isn't really a legitimate way to torque. The appropriate way would be to say, the bolt and bolted joint should be fully seated and then another 90 degree turn. This could very well be how it was done to determine the 52 ft/lbs, but the required torque for a bolted joint varies GREATLY depending on thread friction.
But then the problem becomes, how do we know when all components are fully seated? It is easy to define, but not as easy to tell when actually assembling, knowing you only have about 45 seconds to install that bolt plus whatever other components you have to install. Again, the torque values change greatly, depending on thread friction. Some bolts may only need 38 ft/lbs (random number) if the fastener is well lubricated, so 52 ft/lbs could be another 45 degree turn past 38 ft/lbs and then you're adding another 90 degree on top of that, which could put the torque value much higher than even your 120 ft/lbs.
I wonder what measures they have in place in the plant to determine the 90 degree turn. They either have a poor process, or the process isn't being followed, both of which are totally possible. It is also highly possible that the amount of the red loc-tite on the threads greatly affects how much torque is required. Ultimately, I think the best solution for Ford to implement, would be to use a bolt with much higher yield strength. It will make all of the above variables a moot point.
Considering Ford is first and foremost a business, you can bet that they have not seen a significant monetary loss on dealing with these broken bolt warranty repairs. They just sell so many damn new trucks that is hardly affects their bottom line. That is the one and only reason why they have been publicly silent about a real solution. Money is the only thing that matters here. They don't care if people complain as long as they're ordering the 2023 model just as happily as before. I hate it.