NEWS: Ford Issues Recall for F-150 and Transit

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The new safety recall affects the current and previous models of the F-150 pickup, as well as the Ford Transit van.

Ford has announced a recall for two of its most popular half-ton pickup truck and van models, with an approximate total of over 100,000 units affected. If you believe your vehicle is targeted by this recent announcement, it’s important that you contact your local Ford dealership.

Ford Transit–Recall Number 17S34

The Blue Oval issued a safety recall for roughly 73,000 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles equipped with a trailer tow module. The issue revolves around water intrusion into the module and connector.

In affected vehicles, water intrusion into the module 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.

Customers will be instructed to park their vehicles outside until all repairs are finished. Until parts are available for the final repair, customers may have dealers disable the trailer module. For the final repair, 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.

  • Affected vehicles include 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Feb. 3, 2014 to Aug. 2, 2017.


2017 Ford F-150–Recall Number 17S36

A safety recall has been issued for approximately 15,000 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions for an inability to shift the transmission using the shift lever. 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. With that said, Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this malfunction.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Sept. 16, 2016 to Aug. 9, 2017
  • 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Aug. 23, 2016 to July 2, 2017

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 and dealers will be instructed to make sure the parking brake is applied whenever the vehicle is parked.


2018 Ford F-150–Recall Number 17S37

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 30 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles with 3.5-liter engines for a possible loss of motive power and engine failure. Affected vehicles may have certain cylinder heads manufactured for 3.5-liter engines 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.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Sept. 3-16, 2017
  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Sept. 5-17, 2017

Ford is not aware of any affected vehicles that have left the hands of dealers. If a vehicle is in the possession of an owner, arrangements will be made to transport that vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the engine replaced at no cost.

Stay safe, folks!

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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