Ford Issues Four Safety Recalls for Over 100K Trucks, Vans
Oct. 25, 2017—Ford Motor Company issued four safety recalls in North America, affecting approximately 103,030 Ford F-150 trucks and Ford Transit vans respectively.
The first recall is for model years 2015-17 Ford Transit vans equipped with a trailer tow module.
The automaker estimates that approximately 73,000 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles allow water intrusion into the module which may result in rapid flashing of the turn signals, loss of the instrument cluster display, loss of heater and air conditioning controls, and loss of multimedia including radio, screens and SYNC.
Wiring corrosion from prolonged water intrusion could also result in an electrical short to the ground, which could cause uncommanded seat belt pretensioner deployment, a burning smell and/or increased risk of fire, including when the vehicle is parked and the ignition is off.
The affected vans were built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, from Feb. 3, 2014 to Aug. 2, 2017.
The recall involves approximately 73,443 vehicles in North America with 65,206 in the United States and federalized territories and 8,365 in Canada.
Until the final repair is performed, customers will be instructed to park their vehicles outside. As an interim repair, until parts are available for the final repair, customers may have shops or dealers disable the trailer module.
For the final repair, shops or dealers will add a drainage hole to the driver’s door stepwell and incorporate a fuse into the vehicle wiring harness. All of these services and repairs will be performed at no cost to the customer.
2018 Ford F-150 Trucks (Part 1)
The second recall is for approximately 15,000 model year 2018 Ford F-150 trucks with a 3.3-liter engine, six-speed transmission.
The automaker notes that these vehicles will experience rapid movement of the transmission shifter from park to drive which may cause loss of PRNDL gear indication in the instrument cluster and momentary engagement of reverse operation before the vehicle achieves forward drive function.
An operator could alternatively experience momentary neutral operation rather than reverse. Unintended vehicle movement may increase the risk of accident or injury.
The affected vehicles were built in the Dearborn (Jan. 12, 2017 to Oct. 9) and Kansas City (Jan. 30, 2017 to Oct. 9) Assembly Plants.
The recall involves approximately 15,031 vehicles in North America with 12,429 in the United States and federalized territories, 2,023 in Canada and 579 in Mexico.
Dealers and shops will reprogram the powertrain control module with the latest level calibration software at no cost to the customer.
Prior to completion of repairs, customers, shops and dealers will be instructed to carefully shift into the desired gear and confirm intended gear selection in the PRNDL instrument cluster display.
2017 Ford F-150 Trucks
The next recall is for model year 2017 F-150 trucks with a 10-speed automatic transmission. In affected vehicles, the pin attaching the transmission shift linkage to the transmission may come out.
If this happens, movement of the shift lever by the driver will not change the transmission gear, which will remain in the gear it was in when the pin came out regardless of the position of the shift lever.
The shifter indicator could display inaccurate information and the key can be removed even if the vehicle is not in park; however, a warning chime will sound and a message will be displayed in the instrument cluster indicating “Transmission not in park.”
If the transmission is not in the park or neutral position, the driver would not be able to restart the vehicle. If a vehicle cannot be shifted to park and the parking brake is not applied, unintended vehicle movement may occur, increasing the risk of a crash.
Those trucks were also built at the Dearborn (Aug. 23, 2016 to July 2) and Kansas City (Sept. 16, 2016 to Aug. 9) Assembly Plants.
The recall involves approximately 14,952 vehicles in North America, including 11,783 in the United States and federalized territories, 3,169 in Canada and 701 in Mexico.
Shop and dealers will remove the roll pin and replace it with an updated part at no cost to the customer. Prior to getting their vehicle repaired, customers will be instructed to make sure the parking brake is applied whenever the vehicle is parked.
2018 Ford F-150 Trucks (Part 2)
The final recall is for model year 2018 Ford F-150 trucks witth a 3.5-liter engine. Approximately 30 vehicles built from Sept. 3-17 at the Dearborn and Kansas City Assembly Plants.
In affected vehicles, certain cylinder heads manufactured for 3.5-liter engines are missing machined holes intended to supply lubrication to the camshaft-bearing journals.
Lack of proper camshaft lubrication will result in premature engine failure and loss of motive power without warning while driving, increasing the risk of accident or injury.
The recall involves approximately 30 vehicles in North America with 22 in the United States and federalized territories, seven in Canada and one in Mexico.