Ford F-150: Recalls and Bulletins

Recalls often signal bad news for you. But if you stay on top of the recalls and bulletins that apply to your truck, you will improve your chances of a safe passage wherever your travels take you.

By Cynthia Griffith - October 30, 2014
Contributors: Mark Williams

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014).

What is a recall?

Figure 1. NHTSA.

Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death in Americans under the age of 34. While many fatalities are the result of negligence and/or collisions, some are the result of a flaw in the vehicle. In an attempt to decrease fatalities and promote safer roadways, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) passed The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, a safety law that can be found under U.S.C. Chapter 301. If a defect in equipment is discovered in any specific make and model auto, a recall is issued to alert the general public of possible safety risks. In the case of a recall issue, the manufacturer must offer the purchaser one of the following three things: repair, replacement, and refund.

Recalls help to ensure safer conditions for drivers and passengers alike. The table below provides year, recalls announced, and the recall number. To find out if your truck is in need of a particular repair based on a recall, you can call your local dealership, give them the recall number and your VIN number and they can look it up for you. Motor Trend offers a free search tool that provides recalls on any vehicle. All you need to do is enter your make, model, and year.

YearRecallRecall Number
  • Electrical system software
  • 68928
  • Structure: Body: Door
  • 80161
  • Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights: Switch
  • Structure: Body: Door
  • 86703
  • 80162
  • Engine and Engine Cooling
  • 77980
  • Fuel System: Tank Assembly
  • Equipment: Electrical
  • Exterior Lighting: Headlights
  • Engine and Engine Cooling
  • 32041
  • 72511
  • 72890
  • 77981
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Interior Lighting
  • Visibility: Wiper/Washer Motor
  • Tires: Tread: Belt
  • Equipment: Electrical
  • Air Bags: Frontal: Driver Side: Inflator Module
  • Brakes: Hoses: Lines/Piping and Fittings
  • 38063
  • 54690
  • 60225
  • 61389
  • 72508
  • 78438
  • 78881
  • Air Bags: Frontal: Driver Side: Inflator Module
  • Fuel System: Gasoline
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Equipment: Electrical
  • 78440
  • 47931
  • 50824
  • 72524
  • Fuel System: Tank Assembly: Mounting
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Equipment: Electrical
  • 34513
  • 38070
  • 72516

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What is a Technical Service Bulletin?

A Bulletin, also referred to as a Technical Service Bulletin or TSB, is a general advisory issued to the customer by the manufacturer. If the manufacturer is made aware of a common or recurring default, they may issue a bulletin with detailed instructions on ways to avoid or solve the problem. Unlike recalls, these bulletins may not necessarily pertain specifically to safety issues. Bulletins discuss a wide variety of possible and common complications. You can locate technical service bulletins for Ford vehicles by clicking here.

Safety First

Ford is offering inspection and repairs to drivers with recall issues completely free of charge. No matter which path you choose to travel, it’s always a good idea to keep track of recalls and bulletins in order to ensure a safer journey. Visit this website frequently for any recall updates. Remember, recalls can vary from a simple problem to a very dangerous one. So try to stay alert when it comes to recall news for your truck.

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