The list of vehicles being recalled for a variety of safety issues continues to grow as Ford announces a new recall that will affect more than 8,500 vehicles. While this does sound like a small number considering the massive number of vehicles that have been recalled due to the air bag issue, these recalls are safety related and need to be addressed right away by owners of the affected vehicles.
Most of the vehicles being recalled in this instance are either the Ford Explorer or F-150 from 2015 and 2016. What’s amazing is the fact the recall affects vehicles made in different assembly plants but have the exact same issues. This recall affects F-150 models that were built in Dearborn between February 20 and 25 of this year and in the Kansas City plant between February 17 and 24. The Explorers with the same issue came from the Chicago plan and were built between February 17 and March 7, also of this year.
The affected part is a weld on the driver’s rear seatback. This weld has been found to be bad and may not restrain a driver properly in the case of a crash. This could lead to a greater risk of injury or possibly death due to this faulty weld. Ford has announced they will swap out the current driver seatback with a new unit to ensure you will be safe when you driver your Explorer or your F-15-. This group of vehicles represents more than 7,000 of the 8,500 being recalled.
The next vehicle that has been found to have an issue is the Focus Electric. Ford is recalling 949 of these hatchbacks due to a problem with the transmission differential assembly. The current differential pinion shaft could wear out and fracture which would cause the car to lose power and lose the ability to be put into park. These differential assemblies will be replaced with new ones which are equipped with a friction reducing coating on the pinion shaft and gear bores. The affected vehicles were built at the Michigan Assembly plant between August 20, 2015 and April 13, 2016 and at the Saarlouis Assembly plant in Germany between February 28 and March 30 of this year.
As the final part of this recall Ford will need to replace the brake hydraulic control unit on some of the 2016 Transit Connect vans. The number for this recall is 600 and these models were built at the Valencia, Spain factory between February 22 and April 9 of this year. These vehicles could lose pump performance on the brake hydraulic control unit which could mean losing all the electronic controls of the vehicle including the stability control, ABS, emergency braking assistance, curve control, trailer sway control, traction control and hill start assistance. Ford will replace these units to ensure these 600 vans are able to provide the electronic control systems needed to perform.
Thankfully there haven’t been any reports of deaths or injuries related to the recalls and Ford will notify the owners to give them instructions to visit their local dealers and have these issues taken care of quickly.