Though Ford’s 2022 Maverick has been a big hit for the automaker the compact truck has been loaded down with six recalls including a recent alert about faulty brake lights.
Second quarter sales for the first year Maverick came in at 19,508 units, or roughly 19% better than midsize Ranger which stands at 16,201 units sold.
Maverick became so popular when it debuted in 2021 that Ford stopped accepting orders for the 2022 model year in January leaving others to wait for order banks to open for its 2023 model this past summer.
And given the six recalls Ford’s first and only unibody truck has had to date, waiting for next year’s model may not be such a bad idea. After all, it’s no secret that the first model of any new vehicle is typically saddled with more issues that did not present during OEM testing.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most recent recall for the 2022 Maverick centers around a brake light issue that gives the appearance that the driver is engaging the brakes when in fact they’re not. NHTSA campaign number 22V730000 reads:
Under certain circumstances, the Antilock Brake System (ABS) module may cause the brake lights to illuminate without the driver applying the brakes. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, ‘Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.’
Owners are expected to be notified by mail next month. Dealers will update the software in the ABS module free of charge.
In August, 2022 Maverick was recalled for a side curtain air bag malfunction. Notification letters went out last month detailing how dealers will install newly designed side-curtain air bag modules free of charge. However, parts are not expected to become available until January 2023.
A recall was issued in July for hybrid 2022 Mavericks over concerns of an engine compartment fire risk. Notification letters were delivered in August. The engine shield and active grille shutter will be modified by dealers free of charge to reduce flammable vapors.
In March, Maverick was recalled over concerns of possible brake failure while towing. Notification letters were sent in April. A software error could cause trailer brakes to fail. A free software update by dealers is intended to correct the problem.
The first recall for Maverick was issued in December for an improperly attached rear seat belt. Customers were notified in January. Dealers will repair the rear seat belt buckle attachments free of charge.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Owners may also contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.