US government upgrades and expands Ford Bronco engine failure investigation 

Washington, D.C. October 15, 2023 – The U.S. government auto safety regulator has expanded its investigation of Ford (NYSE:F) vehicles that may suffer from engine failure to include 683,000 more cars. The investigation was also upgraded to dig deeper into the issues and determine if a recall is warranted.

The following cars are under scrutiny:

  •  2021 – 2022 Ford Bronco
  •  2021 – 2022 Ford Edge 
  •  2021 – 2022 Ford Explorer
  •  2021 – 2022 Ford F-150
  •  2021 – 2022 Lincoln Aviator
  •  2021 – 2022 Lincoln Nautilus 

Investigation summary  

The regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), opened the preliminary investigation in June 2022, following 32 complaints about Ford Bronco SUVs with 2.7L EcoBoost engines that would suddenly stall and not restart afterwards.

The investigation originally included around 25,000 vehicles.

As part of the process, NHTSA requested information about a broader subset of vehicles equipped with the said engine. The agency then discovered not only a multitude of complaints and engine exchanges but also that the defect potentially affected cars across the so-called “Nano” family which also included cars with the 3.0L EcoBoost engine.

On September 29, 2023, the investigation was upgraded to the so-called engineering analysis and expanded to include a total of 708,000 cars. The upgrade means that NHTSA will dig deeper into the issues to understand if the defect warrants a recall.

What has been found so far?

During the preliminary investigation, the regulator found out the likely culprit was an engine valve that was made from material that could become too fragile if overheated during the manufacturing process. This would cause the valves to break apart during operation and damage the engine.

Risks

A vehicle whose engine cuts out may lose power steering and brake assist, making it harder to maneuver and upping the risk of a crash. Additionally, the car may stall without prior warning and get hit by other motorists.

Other Ford recalls

In July 2023, Fusion Plug-in Hybrids vehicles (PHEV) were recalled because they could stall or catch on fire, as reported.

Some of the F-150 trucks listed here may have been affected by a recall from August 2023 caused by unintentional parking brake activation

Ford is also being investigated over allegedly faulty front doors that may not shut properly

Is your vehicle part of a recall?

This investigation may eventually lead to a Ford engine stall recall, potentially affecting more than 700,000 SUVs and trucks. To do a Lincoln or Ford recall check and see if your vehicle might be a part of it, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls heavy-duty trucks and vans over rollaway risk  

Dearborn, MI – September 30, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 5,795 heavy-duty pickup trucks and full-size vans whose transmissions may not shift into Park as intended. This may cause them to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash and injury. 

The recall comes on the back of multiple driver complaints and affects the following vehicles:

  • 2024 – 2025 Ford E-350
  • 2024 – 2025 Ford F-650 SD
  • 2024 – 2025 Ford F-750 SD

Recall summary  

In order to hold the vehicle in place while stationary, automatic transmissions are fitted with a locking mechanism, which is engaged every time the driver selects “Park”. 

The transmission in the affected trucks and vans may develop “transmission fluid leakage, noise and vibration” due a “casting defect” which may cause a valve to get stuck in the open position.

Over time, this may cause damage to the transmission’s internal parts, including the park gear engagement mechanism. As a result, the transmission may not shift into “Park” when needed. 

Recall risks

If “Park” is not engaged, the vehicle may roll away and crash into other objects or pedestrians. 

Warning signs

The driver may notice a leak under the vehicle as the transmission fluid drips out. In addition, the driver could feel unusual vibrations or hear loud noises while driving. 

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of 95 warranty claims and field reports. No injuries or accidents have been reported.

Other Ford recalls

Parking brake issues were the cause of a Ford recall that took place in August 2023, affecting a large batch of F-150 trucks

Earlier in the month, Ford recalled Edge SUVs whose headlights are too bright.

The repair

Dealers will check the transmission for the presence of metal shavings, and replace it if there are any. Otherwise, the valve and the part of the transmission which caused issues will be replaced with an upgraded version. 

The repair and inspection are free of charge. 

Owners should be notified between October 30, 2023 and November 3, 2023. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Almost 6,000 trucks and vans are affected by this Ford rollaway recall. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Bojan PopicFord recalls heavy-duty trucks and vans over rollaway risk  

Ford recalls Edge SUVs over excessively bright headlights

Dearborn, MI – September 19, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 8,523 2023 Edge SUVs over headlamps that may be too bright. The issue could increase the risk of a crash.

Recall summary  

In the affected vehicles, the front right headlamp is brighter than what is currently allowed by the existing regulations or is “misaimed.”

The component involved is the right headlamp assembly with part number KT4B-13W029/30-C.     

Recall risks

The defect may cause glare to oncoming drivers, leading to a higher risk of a crash.  

Other Ford recalls

In June 2023, Ford recalled over 16,000 F-150 pickups with reverse lights that “could flicker or stop working altogether,” as reported.

In July 2023, Ford announced a recall for Fusion Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) over an issue with the vehicle’s battery which could result in a fire. The recall followed multiple fires and warranty claims. 

The repair

Dealers will inspect and replace the front headlamp assembly free of charge. Ford will reimburse owners who paid for their own repairs before the recall was announced. 

Owners will receive letters with more information on October 9, 2023.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

More than 8,000 vehicles are affected by this Ford headlamp recall. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls F-150s whose parking brakes may activate on their own   

Dearborn, MI – August 19, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 870,701 2021-2023 Ford F-150 pickup trucks with a single exhaust system over unexpected parking brake activation. This may lead to a crash, upping the risk of an injury.  

The recall comes on the back of almost 1,000 warranty claims and field reports.

Recall summary  

All listed vehicles are equipped with an electric parking brake, which is activated at the push of a button, while the mechanical work is performed by an electric motor. 

In the affected trucks, the wiring that connects to the said motor may rub against the rear axle, which is a shaft that delivers power to the car’s wheels, propelling the car forward.

Over time, this may damage the wires and cause a short circuit, which would result in the inadvertent application of the parking brake.

Recall risks

Unexpected parking brake activation while driving may block the rear wheels and destabilize the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash and injury. 

Warning signs 

If the parking brake is activated, there will be a corresponding warning light and message on the dashboard. 

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the heels of 918 warranty claims and three field reports alleging unexpected application. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Ford recalls

Earlier this month, Ford recalled close to 40,000 super-duty pickup trucks and SUVs because of faulty instrument panels, as reported.

Separately, some of the F-150s involved in the current recalle may have been affected by a recall from November 2022 caused by windshield wiper issues

The repair

Dealers will replace the wiring harness with an upgraded one if it is damaged. If it is not, dealers will use protective wrap to prevent damage. All repairs will be free of charge.

Owners should be notified between September 11, 2023 and September 15, 2023. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Ford parking brake recall affects more than 850,000 trucks. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls SUVs, pickup trucks with faulty instrument panels  

Dearborn, MI  – August 13, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 38,695 vehicles with instrument panels that could fail to light up. This ups the risk of an accident and injury for the car occupants and other motorists.

The following vehicles are affected by this recall: 

  • 2023 Ford Escape 
  • 2023 Ford F-250 SD
  • 2023 Ford F-350 SD
  • 2023 Ford F-450 SD
  • 2023 Ford F-550 SD

Recall summary  

The dashboard instrument panel shows relevant information such as vehicle speed, fuel level and engine temperature, as well as warning or error messages. This function is made possible by joints soldered together inside the panel.    

In the affected vehicles, an improper soldered joint may prevent the instrument panel from lighting up.

Recall risks

Users will not be able to read the vehicle’s speed and other safety-related information, upping the risk of a crash. 

Other Ford recalls

Ford is currently being investigated by the U.S. government over allegations that doors on its 2020-2021 Ford Escape vehicles may open while driving, upping the risk of a crash. The investigation could lead to a recall of roughly 350,000 SUVs.

Separately, the manufacturer has just issued its fifth recall for Ford Transit vans because of the same issue, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the instrument panels free of charge. Ford will reimburse owners for repairs done before the recall announcement was made.

Owners will be notified between August, 14, 2023 and August 18, 2023. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

More than 38,000 vehicles are affected by this Ford instrument panel recall. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford issues fifth recall for vehicles with faulty doors

Dearborn, MI – August 6, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 112,225 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect vans because their doors may open while driving, upping the risk of an injury.  

This is at least the fifth Ford recall due to this issue. Vehicles that were previously repaired might need a new remedy.

Recall summary  

Due to a supplier error, a spring inside the vans’ locking mechanism may be “susceptible to cracking and failure over time.” As a result, the doors may not close securely and could open while the vehicle is in motion.  

The component causing this recall is the core driver latch, with part numbers DT1A-V21813-B for the driver’s side and DT1A-V21812-A or DT1A-V21812-B for the passenger door. 

Recall risks

You can find out all about the associated risks in this article about a similar Volkswagen recall.

Background of the recall

The part behind the recall has been implicated in at least five other Ford recalls and several U.S. government investigations, according to the information provided by the manufacturer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is the government body in charge of regulating traffic safety. The most recent one occurred in June 2020 and replaced three of the previous recalls conducted for the same issue because of an inadequate remedy.

It is not clear if any of the previously repaired vans are once again included in the current recall, which comes on the back of multiple warranty claims.

Warning signs 

The door with a broken latch mechanism will be difficult to close and will likely rebound when the driver slams it shut. Incorrectly latched doors could also generate excessive “wind noise,” trigger a ”Door Ajar” warning or turn on the interior dome light.  

Other Ford recalls

Ford is currently subject to a separate government investigation involving faulty doors on its Ford Escape SUVs. The investigation could result in a recall of 350,000 of these vehicles, as reported.

Over 14,000 Ford Fusion hybrids were recalled in July 2023 because they could stall or catch fire.

The repair

Dealers will replace the door latches on the affected vehicles with upgraded ones free of charge. 

Owners should be notified between August 28, 2023  and September 1, 2023. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Ford door latch recall affects more than 100,000 vans. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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US government investigates Ford SUVs with faulty front doors

Washington, D.C. July 29, 2023 – The U.S. government’s auto safety regulator is investigating Ford (NYSE:F) over allegations that welds on some of their vehicles’ doors may break, preventing them from closing or opening properly. They may also open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

The investigation comes on the back of multiple injuries and one report of property damage.

If it leads to a recall, it could affect an estimated 350,000 vehicles, including: 

  •  2020 – 2021 Ford Escape 
  •  2020 – 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid 

Investigation summary  

The regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), opened an investigation on July 7,  2023, following multiple complaints of the front doors on said SUVs suddenly opening on their own while driving. Drivers also had a hard time opening and closing the doors and reported that some of the windows would also not open.

Based on initial findings, this is caused by the door hinge separating from the pillar to which it is welded. Consequently, the doors are not aligned correctly against the body and will not latch when closed.  

Risks

Doors that open suddenly while the car is moving may hit and injure pedestrians, cause property damage or startle the driver, leading to an accident.

In fact, leading up to the investigation, NHTSA received 118 complaints about the issue, as well as reports of 25 “minor injuries” and one of property damage. 

Warning signs

Many owners heard “loud popping noises” when opening and closing the doors before the hinges separated completely.  

Other Ford recalls

Earlier this month, Ford recalled a batch of Fusion hybrids with battery issues that may cause them to stall or even catch fire

In December of last year, over half a million of Escape and Bronco Sport SUVs were recalled due to a fuel leak that had a potential to cause a vehicle fire, as reported.

Is your vehicle part of a recall?

This investigation may eventually lead to a Ford broken doors’ recall, potentially affecting almost 350,000 SUVs. To do a Ford recall check and see if your car might be a part of it, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Bojan PopicUS government investigates Ford SUVs with faulty front doors

Ford recalls Fusion hybrid vehicles that may stall or catch fire

Dearborn, MI  – July 23, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 14,452 2019-2020 Fusion Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) because of a problem with the vehicle’s battery which may result in a stall or the engine catching fire. Both issues raise the risk of a crash and injuries for everyone involved.

The recall comes on the back of multiple fires and warranty claims.

Recall summary  

The battery energy control module (BECM) is a computer that ensures that the battery remains properly charged and functions properly. The BECM is protected by the current interrupt device (CID) whose role is “to interrupt the power supply when the charging current is too high.

In the affected vehicles, the CID may be activated erroneously, which can result in the vehicle stalling or catching fire.

Recall risks

The risks of a stall are described in the following article, while the risks of a car catching on fire can be found in this article about a related Hyundai recall.

Car exploding in the parking lot

Leading up to the recall, the manufacturer received seven reports about the cars involved catching fire – including one that seemingly randomly “exploded in a residential parking lot.” 

Over 250 warranty claims have also been filed but luckily, no injuries or accidents have been reported.

Safety tips

Affected owners are advised to not charge the vehicle’s battery until the vehicles have been repaired.

Even though the manufacturer does not explicitly state this, owners of cars involved in similar recalls are also usually advised to park away from structures while waiting for a repair.

Warning signs

Users may notice a “Stop safely now” message on the dashboard, just before the vehicle loses power. 

Other Ford recalls

In March 2023, older model-years of Ford Fusion were part of a 1.28 million-vehicle recall over brake issues. The recall was conducted on the back of a U.S. government investigation.

Last month, Ford also recalled 16,375 2022–2023 F-150 Lightning battery electric vehicles (BEVs) because of faulty rear lights, as reported.

The repair

The remedy is currently under development. Ford will advise drivers once it has been found. All repairs will be provided free of charge as it is customarily done in all recalls.

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

More than 14,000 vehicles are affected by this Ford battery recall. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls F-150 electric pickups over faulty reverse lights   

Dearborn, MI  – June 25, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 16,375 2022–2023 F-150 Lightning battery electric vehicles (BEV) due to a problem with the rear lights, which could increase the risk of a crash or injury.

Recall summary  

In the affected vehicles, the rear light bar mounted on the tailgate may sustain damage during assembly or due to extreme loads on the tailgate in low temperatures. This could lead to microcracks forming on the lens, allowing moisture to enter the light assembly and cause the lights to either flicker or stop working altogether.       

Recall risks

Improperly working reverse lights may fail to notify other road users of the driver’s intentions, causing them to be unaware that the vehicle is reversing. This may lead to a crash or an injury.

Other Ford recalls

In May 2023, Ford recalled 2004–2006 Ranger pickups over airbags failing to deploy in a crash. This was the second recall announced for the issue, following a previous one made in March 2023.   

Earlier this month, Ford also announced that it was recalling 29,607 vehicles including the Ford Bronco, Ford Ranger and Ford Super Duty over faulty load labels, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the faulty reverse light bar with a new unit free of charge. Ford will reimburse owners who paid for their own repairs before the recall was announced.  

Owners will be notified by June 20, 2023. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

More than 16,000 electric pickups are affected by this Ford reverse light recall. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloFord recalls F-150 electric pickups over faulty reverse lights   

Ford recalls SUVs, pickups over faulty load labels

Dearborn, MI – June 17, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) has issued a recall for 29,607 vehicles over inaccurate weight labels, which could lead users to overload the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash.

The recall covers the following models:

  • 2022–2023 Ford Bronco
  • 2019–2023 Ford Ranger   
  • 2023 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Recall summary

The tire & loading information (TREAD) label – usually located on the “driver’s side door edge” – shows users maximum loads that a vehicle can safely carry.  

The affected vehicles carry the wrong label which may result in them being overloaded.

Recall risks

Excessive loads that can compromise the vehicle’s stability and control, increasing the risk of an accident.  

Other Ford recalls

In December 2022, Ford recalled 18,808 SD pickup trucks over the risk of stalling or rolling away, as reported.

In May 2023, the manufacturer issued a second recall for 232,000 Ranger pickups with non-inflating airbags, also as reported.

Finally, just last week, over 175,000 Bronco SUVs were recalled due to unaccessible seat belt latches.

The repair

The manufacturer will mail the owners of the affected vehicles updated labels with the correct information. Owners can also go to the nearest dealership to have them put on free-of-charge.

Letters with more information will be mailed by July 12, 2023.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 29,000 vehicles are affected by this Ford TREAD label issue. To run a Ford recall check or check for more Ford recalls,  please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloFord recalls SUVs, pickups over faulty load labels