Ford recalls vehicles that may stall or roll away

Dearborn, MI – June 18, 2021 – Ford (NYSE:F) has announced a recall for 4,436 2021 Ford F-150 pickup trucks due to faulty driveshafts, which are components of the vehicle responsible for powering them. This defect can cause sudden loss of power or “unintended” movement while parked without warning, increasing the risk of injury due to a crash. 

The affected part is the driveshaft with multiple part numbers, including ML34-4K145-KHE and ML34-4K145-JHE.

Summary

Recalled vehicles feature a two-piece rear driveshaft that transfers power to the vehicle’s rear wheels. Due to a supplier error, the circlip –  a fastener that connects the two pieces together – was not installed properly. The installation issue may result in the pieces of the driveshaft separating, which in turn may cause a sudden loss of vehicle power or “unintended” vehicle movement when “the parking brake is not applied.”

Risks

Stalling while driving may result in the driver getting hit from behind, which may create a multi-car pileup and cause severe injuries. If the car rolls away while parked, it may hit people or inanimate objects, causing injuries or property damage.

Warning signs

Drivers may experience a “clunking or banging noise” before the car stalls or rolls away.

Other Ford recalls

Earlier this month, the manufacturer recalled close to 200,000 Transit vans for the risk of rollaway. In December of last year, Ford issued a recall for 10,905 vehicles with faulty driveshafts, including the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUV.

Repair

Owners were sent letters instructing them to take their cars to a dealership for assessment and possible driveshaft replacement on June 14. The assessment and replacement, if necessary, will be free. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall? 

An estimated 4,436 vehicles are part of this Ford recall. To see if your Ford 2021 F150 is one of them and to do a Ford Recall check,  use Motorsafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls vehicles due to risk of rollaway

Dearborn, MI– June 10, 2021 – Ford (NYSE:F) has announced a recall for 192,080 vans due to the risk of a rollaway when the car is placed in “Park.”  This is caused by the missing links between the shifter cable – which is what puts a car into a driver’s desired gear – and transmission. 

The component in question is the shifter cable bushing; part number DT1P-7E395-AB.

The recall includes the following vans:

  • 2013 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2014 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2015 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2016 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2017 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2018 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2019 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2020 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2021 Ford Transit Connect

Summary

The missing links are called bushings and their role is to “act as a cushion” between the shifter cable and transmission so that the car can shift into the appropriate gear when the lever is switched. Due to potential “thermal degradation” and contaminant exposure, the bushing may “degrade or detach.” 

This can cause the vehicle to shift into the wrong gear without proper instrument panel notification, meaning that it may appear that the vehicle is, for example, in “Park,” while it is actually not. 

Risks

This defect can cause the van to roll away unexpectedly when parked, which may result in it hitting the driver or pedestrians or causing property damage. This is particularly dangerous if the van is parked on the incline.

Warning signs

Drivers may be alerted to this problem if the instrument panel display position on the cluster does not match the gear shift lever position. They may also notice that when they shift into a gear, the vehicle responds differently than it should based on the transmission gear state. Finally, if the engine was turned off in a gear other than “Park” – regardless of the gear lever position – the car may not restart.

Other Ford Transit recalls

In 2017, there was a recall issued for over 1 million Ford Transit vehicles due to faulty automatic transmission.  In November of last year, 2019-2020 Transit Connect vans were recalled due to engine fire risk.

Repair

Owners will be notified by mail starting June 28 and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer. The dealer will replace one of the bushings and add a protective cap over the other  This service will be free. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall? 

Approximately 192,080 vehicles are part of this Ford recall. To do a Ford recall check, use Motorsafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Mercedes-Benz recalls vehicles with damaged rear door

Jacksonville, FL – May 26, 2021 – Daimler AG (OTCMKTS:DDAIF), which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, has announced a recall for 17,800 vehicles due to faulty rear door latches. The latches may cause the rear door to appear closed even if it is not, upping the risk of injury.

The component in question is a door latch with three part numbers, including A4637309701,  A4637309801 and A4639067802.

The recall includes the following vehicles:

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63
  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz G550
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz G550

Recall summary 

The recall concerns a faulty rear door latch sensor. Due to a design error, the latch can cause the door to appear closed even when it is not, potentially causing it to open while the vehicle is in motion.

Risks

The damaged latch may not allow the door to open or close while passengers are in the vehicle. The door may also open unexpectedly, resulting in the passengers of the vehicle falling out from the car.

The latter is, unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence. Between 2011 and 2012 75,000 injuries were reported from falls from cars.

Warning signs

The driver might be notified that a door is open on the digital dash.

Other Mercedes-Benz recalls

Earlier this year, over 6,000 Mercedes-Benz SUVs were recalled for the risk of “an electrical short due to a water leak.”

About a year and a half ago, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 were recalled for faulty seat belts.

Repair

The repair is a free rear door latch replacement. Owners will be notified via letter starting July 13th. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall? 

Approximately 18,000 vehicles are part of this Mercedes Benz recall. To see if your car is one of them, use Motorsafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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