Ford F-250: Recalls and Bulletins

Recalls often signal bad news, but staying informed regarding recalls and bulletins will improve your F-250's safety.

By Cynthia Griffith - December 11, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-250, F-350 Super Duty (2005-2014).

Recalls and bulletins don’t mean your vehicle is unsafe. These useful warnings are actually designed to promote safety by keeping you informed. Here’s a look at some of the popular recalls and bulletins for your Ford Super Duty that you should be aware of.

What is a Recall?

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: repair, replacement, or refund.

What is a 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.

Recap of Recalls and Technical Service Bulletins

Truck trends tend to coincide with the year and model of a particular vehicle. This goes for everything from interior and exterior design to towing capacity, amount of horsepower, available accessories and of course, bulletins and recalls. For this reason, widely reported bulletins and recalls are listed by year.

YearRecallRecall Number
2012 Power train: Automatic transmission 92948
2011 Electrical system software 84599
2010 Service brakes 80883
2009 Tire tread 89122
2008 Electrical equipment 71463
2007 Exterior lighting and electrical equipment 71464
2006 Tire tread and trailer hitches 60718
2005 Exterior lighting and electrical equipment 55520
2004 Exterior lighting and electrical equipment 69633
2003 Exterior lighting and engine coolant 69144
2002 Exterior lighting and engine coolant 69145
2001 Fuel system 4594

Of course, there are plenty of other recalls and service bulletins that might not have made it to this list so feel free to peruse other sites to stay informed. Now that you have an idea of some of the most popular, you might be wondering what to do about these notices.

How to Handle Recalls and Bulletins

If the exterior bulbs continuously blow out and are in need of replacement on a regular basis, the gas mileage is significantly lower than average, the interior lights are malfunctioning, or the brakes, power train and trailer hitches don’t appear to be functioning properly, this is when bulletins and recalls come in handy. You can use these as a guideline to find out if other drivers are having the same experience and to see if you qualify for a free rectification of the problem. Bulletins and recalls are slightly different, so understanding the difference between the two can also aid you in this process.

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