Ford recalling 300K Transits and 168K F-150s

Ford’s latest recall effects certain 2015-2016 Transits and certain 2016 F-150 pickups.
Ford’s latest recall effects certain 2015-2016 Transits and certain 2016 F-150 pickups.

Ford is once again recalling 2015-2017 Ford Transit vans to repair an ongoing driveshaft coupling issue.

The latest recall affects 293,558 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 22,960 in Canada and 2,744 in Mexico. In affected vehicles, the driveshaft flexible coupling may crack with increasing mileage, resulting in driveline noise and vibration.

Continued driving with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power, or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied. In addition, separation of the driveshaft can result in secondary damage to surrounding components, including brake and fuel lines. A driveshaft separation may increase the risk of injury or crash.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

Affected vehicles were built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Jan. 17, 2014, to June 15, 2017.

Ford does not expect the enhanced driveshaft flexible couplings previously installed per recall 17S15 to deteriorate sufficiently to result in driveline separation before 40,000 miles. For affected vehicles with flexible couplings with more than 40,000 miles, the interim repair will consist of replacing the driveshaft flexible coupling every 40,000 miles until the final repair is available and completed.

Once permanent repair parts become available, dealers will install driveshaft front sections with mechanical U-joints to replace the driveshaft flexible couplings. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S38.

F-150 recall

Ford is recalling 2019-2020 F-150 pickups to address an improperly secured positive battery-terminal fastener.

This action affects 135,725 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 30,073 in Canada, and 2,257 in Mexico.

In affected trucks, a positive battery-terminal fastener may not be secured due to wiring eyelet adhesive on the surface area of the terminal joint contact for the battery-monitoring sensor. An attachment that is not secure may result in intermittent or inoperative vehicle systems, affecting instrument panel displays, braking or steering assist, or causing the engine to stall. This condition could also create a resistive short, increasing the potential for smoke, melting or risk of fire.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

Affected vehicles were built at Dearborn Truck Plant from July 15 to Oct. 1, 2019, and at Kansas City Assembly Plant from June 24 to Oct. 1, 2019.

Dealers will inspect the positive battery cable joint for excess sealant adhesive. If present, dealers will remove excess adhesive, reassemble the joint and torque the fastener to specification. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S40.