Ford Recalls Nearly 2 Million 2015-2018 Year F150 Pickup Trucks for Fire Risk

 

Lilburn, Georgia – Sept. 10, 2018 – Ford Motor Company is recalling almost 2 million F150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles equipped with driver and front passenger seat belt pretensioners capable of creating “excessive” sparks, which could lead to a fire, according to a Ford company press release.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, March 12, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018
  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 20, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018

Of the nearly 2 million affected vehicles, over 1.6 million are located in the U.S., with the rest registered across Canada and Mexico.

The Defect

Seat belt pretensioners, like many other vehicle safety devices (such as airbags), are triggered by a tiny explosive that allow only a split second to elapse between a collision and deployment of the safety feature. The explosive itself is set off by a crash, and in the case of seat belt pretensioners, the feature design allows the seat belt to instantly tighten to provide more protection for the seat occupant. The seat belts work in tandem with the airbags to reduce the likelihood of injury, securing the driver and passenger in position and limiting excessive movement.

However, Ford’s investigation found that some front seat belt pretensioners in specific F150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles can generate excessive sparks when they deploy. If sufficient sparks are present, it is possible for gases exhausted inside the lower portion of the B-pillar by the pretensioners to ignite. Once the gas ignites, components behind the B-pillar (including insulation and carpet) can subsequently catch fire and may lead to the destruction of the entire vehicle.

Timeline of Events

As Consumer Reports noted in early August, the NHTSA opened an investigation into the F150 after five consumer complaints about fires were filed with the agency. It was reported that the fires began inside the pillar housing the seat belt mechanism. All five vehicles had been involved in a crash immediately preceding the start of the fires. Four incidents included airbag deployment, and three of the trucks were a total loss.

Ford claims there have been 17 reports of smoke or fire in the U.S. and six in Canada, although the manufacturer says they are not aware of any injuries or additional accidents associated with the defect. It is unusual for a recall to be issued after so few reports, but the ramifications of each incident are significant enough to trigger a recall.

The Solution

According to Ford, all repairs will be provided at no cost to customers. Dealers have been instructed to remove insulation material from the B-pillar trim, remove remnants of wiring harness tape in the B-pillar area, and apply heat-resistant tape to the carpet and its insulation. Dealers have also been instructed to modify the back interior panels of Regular Cab vehicles.

F-150 owners should not stop using their seat belts, according to the automotive safety engineer at Consumer Reports, as all major incidents have occurred only after a crash, and most after a crash severe enough to deploy the airbag in the vehicle. The risk of injury from not wearing a seat belt is deemed much higher than that of a potential fire following a severe crash.

There are approximately 1,995,776 vehicles in North America affected by this recall. Of these, 1,619,112 vehicles have been identified as being registered in the U.S. and its federalized territories. An additional 339,884 are currently in Canada and 36,780 in Mexico.

Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S27. Owners may also connect with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration through the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 18V568000. The recall is expected to begin Sept. 24, 2018. Ford had no additional comment beyond their press release.

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Ford Recalls 1.6 Million F-150 Pickups for Fire Risk

Ford is recalling 1,619,112 Ford F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab pickup trucks, from model years 2015-2018, because of a fire risk. The company says that seat belt pretensioners can create “excessive” sparks, which could lead to a fire.

A seat belt pretensioner acts in a split second to tighten the belt and better hold its occupant in place. The seat belts work in conjunction with the airbags to reduce the likelihood of passenger injury by keeping the occupant properly positioned and limiting motion…Read more on ConsumerReports.com

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Ford Fusion, C-MAX and Focus Recalled for Faulty Charge Cords

Ford Fusion, C-MAX and Focus Recalled for Faulty Charge Cords

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2018 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX, 2019 Ford Flex, Lincoln MKT: Recall Alert

2018 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX, 2019 Ford Flex, Lincoln MKT: Recall Alert

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Ford vehicles recalled in Russia due to possible clutch pressure plate issues

 

Moscow, Russia – Aug. 16, 2018 – Nearly 4,000 Ford vehicles are being recalled in Russia, according to Reuters. Ford-Sollers is the Russian contingency of the U.S. Ford Motor Company. Ford informed national officials of the problem, which affects cars sold between 2011 and 2016. Models included in the recall are the Ford Focus, C-Max, Mondeo and Kuga. As of now, the recall is concentrated only on vehicles sold in Russia.

The Defect
Due to a possible clutch pressure plate problem, 3,968 Ford model vehicles fall under the recent recall in Russia. There has been no official word if the parts themselves will be replaced in the recall or the entire vehicle itself.

According to How a Car Works, these plates play an integral part in cars switching gears to increase and decrease speeds. The pressure plate is connected to the clutch operation system and hydraulic master cylinder. If there is a problem with these parts, the vehicle will have issues changing gears automatically or manually, which could lead to driving risks and loss of control.

Timeline of Events
On Tuesday, Russian standard agency officials were notified of the recall from Ford. Although 3,968 are included in this recall, six months ago Ford also recalled an additional 15,670 cars in Russia. Those models were Kuga and C-Max sold between 2012 and 2014. The issue then was a potential overheating cylinder head, unlike the current clutch pressure plate.

In total, there have been more than 20,000 cars recalled by Ford in Russia in the past year. In the U.S., more than 1.4 million Ford cars have been recalled over steering wheel issues this year.

The Solution
Ford has yet to release an official statement to the public about these recalls. If concerned about the current issue with certain Ford vehicles in Russia, consumers are encouraged to contact Ford-Sollers in Russia or watch for updates in the U.S. on government recall sites.

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective torque converters

 

Dearborn, Mich. – July 20, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has recalled more than two dozen vehicles potentially equipped with defective torque converters, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The campaign affects 2017-2018 Ford Edge sport utility vehicles produced between July 28, 2017, and March 8, 2018, as well as 2017 Lincoln MKZ sport utility vehicles manufactured between Aug. 24, 2017. The American automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective parts.

The Defect

The affected vehicles contain two-liter engines with torque converters with defective welds prone to breakage. In the event that these joints collapse, the torque converter may disconnect from the engine flexplate, leading to the loss of motive power and increasing the likelihood of an accident. This defect therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants.

However, Ford has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic components to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Members of the Ford Critical Concern Review Group received a report in May 2018 that outlined in instance in which a vehicle owner brought his car in for service to repair broken torque converter welds. The torque converter in this vehicle had been recalled in an earlier campaign but was apparently not quarantined during production. An investigation revealed that assembly personnel had mishandled the component and installed it in a new transmission.

Ford engineers discovered that this misstep had been made more than two dozen times.

The Ford Field Review Committee took up the issue June 4, 2018, and chose to call for an immediate voluntary recall. The automaker informed dealers of the forthcoming action June 11, 2018.

The Solution

Ford directed dealers to replace the torque converters in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The car company reached out to owners via first-class mail between June 25, 2018, and June 29, 2018.

Those still in need of assistance can speak with Ford customer service personnel by calling (866) 436-7332. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 17S16. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Ford recalls 550,000 Escape, Fusion vehicles over rollaway concerns

Ford recalls 550,000 Escape, Fusion vehicles over rollaway concerns

Ford has issued a recall covering approximately 550,000 examples of the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion sedan and the 2013-2014 Ford Escape SUV…The problem stems from the transmission — or, rather, a part connected to it. A bushing responsible for holding the shifter cable in the transmission might detach. If that happens, the transmission might be in a different gear than what the driver may think it’s in. For example, you might put the car in Park, and the dashboard would show Park, but the car would still be in gear…Read more on CNet.com/roadshow

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective brake components

 

Dearborn, Mich. – July 13, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 1,400 vehicles potentially equipped with defective brake components, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The campaign affects 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 Super Duty pickup trucks produced between Jan. 26, 2018, and March 13, 2018. The American automaker suspects all of the vehicles involved in the action contain the defective components.

The Defect

The affected models feature primary and secondary brake hose assemblies with ineffective corrosion coating. These fixtures, which are located near the master cylinder and hydraulic control unit, are susceptible to crippling oxidization as a result. In the event that this does occur, brake fluid leakage could occur, eventually resulting in drastically reduced braking functionality.

This defect increases the likelihood of an accident and therefore poses a serious safety hazard to occupants. However, Ford has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Members of the Ford Critical Concern Review Group received a report in March 2018 that referenced a vendor communication that seemed to indicate some vehicles had been equipped with defective brake hose assemblies.

The Mexican supplier Martinrea International had explained that numerous brake hoses had been shipped from its facility in Saltillo, Mexico to a Ford assembly site Avon Lake, Ohio without proper corrosion coating. The vendor had also informed Ford engineers that the hoses would lose 50 percent of their metal thickness over the course of 4.5 years.

The CCRG reviewed this information, along with internal test results from the Ford engineering group, and requested additional information. Throughout April and May 2018, engineers from both Ford and Martinrea International performed additional assessments and looked over production and shipment logs to determine the breadth of the problem.

The CCRG reconvened June 4, 2018, and decided that a voluntary safety recall was necessary.

Ford notified dealers of the impending action June 12, 2018.

The Solution

The automaker has directed dealers to replace the brake hose assemblies in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Ford will reach out to dealers via first-class mail between July 9, 2018, and July 13, 2018.

Owners in need of additional assistance can speak with Ford customer service personnel by calling (866) 436-7332. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 18S19. Owners may also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective fuel pumps

 

Dearborn, Mich. – July 11, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 5,600 vehicles potentially equipped with defective fuel pump assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects models across multiple brands, including:

  • 2018 Ford Expedition sport utility vehicles produced between March 14, 2018, and April 12, 2018.
  • 2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks produced between March 14, 2018, and April 24, 2018.
  • 2018 Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicles produced between Feb. 20, 2018, and May 6, 2018.

The American automaker is unsure how many of the recalled vehicles actually contain defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain high-pressure fuel pump assemblies with potentially problematic welds connecting pump housings and mounting flanges. These joints may experience high-cycle fatigue and eventually crack. In the event that such separation occurs, the sealing integrity of nearby cam covers may be compromised, resulting in oil spillage and increasing the likelihood of engine fire. The defect therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants. However, Ford has yet to receive reports connecting the defective fuel pump assemblies to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Members of the Ford Critical Concern Review Group convened in May 2018 to discuss an internal quality assurance report that detailed multiple instances in which high-pressure fuel pumps were welded with misaligned lasers, resulting in problematic welds joining the pump housings and mounting flanges. Pump supplier Robert Bosch had spotted the issue and informed QA personnel, who then brought the issue to the attention of the CCR.

Following the CCR meeting, Ford initiated tests to determine the engineering impact of the potentially defective parts. This inquiry revealed that weld breakage and subsequent oil spillage were possible. A computer simulation confirmed this finding. The Ford Field Review Committee took up the issue June 4, 2018, and decided that a voluntary safety recall was necessary.

Ford notified dealers of the forthcoming action June 12, 2018.

The Solution

The car manufacturer will replace the high-pressure fuel pumps in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. Ford intends to reach out to owners via first-class mail between July 16, 2018, and July 20, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the campaign can connect with Ford customer service personnel by calling (866) 436-7332. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 18S17. Individuals in possession of the recalled vehicles also contact the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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2018 Ford F-150: Recall Alert

2018 Ford F-150: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Model-year 2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks are among approximately 5,600 Ford and Lincoln vehicles being recalled for a fuel pump issue. Affected vehicles are model-year 2018 F-150 pickup trucks built at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan between March 14 and April 24, 2018, as well as at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri between March 20 and April 17, 2018; Ford Expedition SUVs built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between March 14 and April 12, 2018; and model-year 2018 Lincoln Navigator SUVs built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between Feb. 20 and May 6, 2018; all vehicles are equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine

The Problem: The high-pressure fuel pump assembly may have inadequate welds between the pump housing and its mounting flange, causing the welds to the vehicles to be susceptible to high-cycle fatigue fractures that could cause the fuel pump to move relative to its mounting flange, resulting in eventual loss of the sealing integrity of the cam cover or the fuel lines and an oil or fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire…Read more on PickupTrucks.com

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