Ford Adds Nearly 800,000 More Vehicles to Takata Airbag recall List

 

Dearborn, Mich. – Feb. 26, 2019 – Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling a range of vehicles from the years 2010-2014 that have been sold or registered at any point in certain states or territories of the U.S. This is part of the wider ongoing Takata air bag recall, and is in regard to the vehicles determined to be most at risk from the potential hazard. The potential number of units affected is 782,384. Vehicles include certain:

• 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles
• 2010-2011 Ford Ranger and Mercury Milan vehicles
• 2010-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles
• 2010-2014 Ford Mustang vehicles
• 2011 Ford Ranger and Mercury Milan vehicles
• 2011-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles
• 2011-2014 Ford Mustang vehicles
• 2014 Ford Mustang vehicles

Territories affected include Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, most states affected are those in areas designated Zones A,B, and C for the purposes of Takata-associated recalls.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Report filed on Jan. 7, the vehicles in question were originally equipped with a Takata air bag that included an ammonium nitrate powered inflator within the assembly of the passenger frontal air bag module. (The air bag inflators were also used as replacements, so vehicles which have had the air bag replaced may still have a faulty device.)

If a vehicle which is so equipped is involved in a crash and the front passenger airbag deploys, there is a significant risk of the inflators exploding. This is due to propellant degradation, which typically occurs in response to long-term exposure to weather in hot and humid environments.

If an inflator explodes out of the front of the airbag, flying pieces of metal can strike passengers and the driver and cause serious injuries or death.

The Zones designated for the Takata recall are being prioritized as their climate leads to more rapid degradation, and vehicles are being recalled in waves with the oldest makes and models first, do to the higher risk involved for such vehicles and the pace of production for replacement air bags being limited by the sheer number needed to replace all in service.

Timeline of Events

On May 3, 2016, an Amendment to the Nov. 3, 2015 Consent Order was filed after the NHTSA evaluated the rate at which propellant degradation may occur in non-desiccated frontal airbag inflators. It was adjudged that there was significant variation based on geographic factors affecting both environmental heat and humidity. The department further concluded that all non-desiccated frontal Takata PSAN inflators will reach a threshold level of degradation at some point, at which time the inflator has a significantly increased risk of becoming unreasonably dangerous.

According to previous filings, other than inflators already under recall, Takata is not aware of any test ruptures in ballistic testing or confirmed field incidents related to the subject non-desiccated ammonium nitrate inflators. On Dec. 17, 2018, Ford’s Field Review Committee decided to issue the next phase of this recall to cover vehicles from the priority zones and years covering 2010 to 2014.

The Solution

Owners will be notified by mail with instructions to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have their passenger frontal air bag inflator replaced, free of charge, with one that utilizes an inflator without ammonium nitrate. According to the owner letter from Ford, an appointment must be scheduled in accordance with parts and scheduling availability at the chosen dealer. The recall began Feb. 18, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall 19S01. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V001000.

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Ford Recalls More Than One Million F-150 Trucks for Transmission Issues

 

Detroit – February 11, 2019 – Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2011-2013 F-150 vehicles equipped with a problematic 6-speed automatic transmission. Up to 1,263,051 2011-2013 model year F-150s equipped with 6R80 automatic transmission may be affected.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has identified various causal factors of an intermittent transmission output speed sensor signal in this population of vehicles, including contamination, power short to ground, connector corrosion, connector pin swaging, and incorrect outputs from the OSS. Some vehicles may experience an intermittent loss of the transmission OSS signal within the powertrain control module, potentially resulting in a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear.

Depending on the vehicle speed at the time of an intermittent OSS failure, an abrupt transmission downshift to first gear could occur. A downshift to first gear without warning could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. A downshift to first gear may illuminate a malfunction indicator light. In some cases, the OSS signal could recover while driving and the vehicle will resume normal function; in other cases, the affected vehicle may need to be stopped and restarted to regain normal transmission operation.

Timeline of Events

According to the Ford’s chronology report submitted to the NHTSA, in April 2016 Ford’s Field Review Committee noted that certain 2011-2012 MY F-150, and 2012-2013 MY Expedition, Navigator, and Mustang vehicles equipped with 6R80 transmissions were experienced unplanned downshifts related to intermittent failures of the OSS. The investigation identified that an equipment maintenance issue at the lead frame supplier could lead to a solder joint fatigue crack in the OSS circuit.  Between May 2016 and December 2017, Ford continued to monitor reports for other vehicles with 6R80 transmissions and transmission driveability concerns related to OSS sensors, but analysis found that nearly 98 percent of reports did not result in a downshift into first gear with wheel slip.

Between January and December 2018 Ford continued to obtain and analyze parts from complaint vehicles, and found no attributable pattern of intermittent OSS signal loss in vehicles outside of the recalled group. Ford is aware of five reports of accidents, including one of “whiplash,” potentially related to this condition. On Feb. 4, 2019, Ford’s FRC reviewed the concern and approved a voluntary recall of the primary population of vehicles with known OSS issues.

The Solution

According to the NHTSA, Ford will notify owners whose vehicles are affected by the recall on or around March 4, 2019. Dealers will reprogram the Powertrain Control Module with software that will prevent an unintended downshift into first gear and illuminate the MIL in the event of an intermittent OSS signal, free of charge. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 19S07. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V075000.

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Ford Recalls Nearly 2,700 2019 Lincoln Vehicles for ADAS Issues

Laguna Hills, Calif. – January 25, 2018 – Ford Motor Company is recalling close to 2,700 2019 Lincoln Nautilus luxury SUVs due to issues with advance driver assist systems that govern the vehicles’ steering control technology. The 2019 Nautilus has been presented by Ford as a refreshed version of the MKX SUV, with a choice between a 2.7-liter V6 turbo or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine. The 2019 model also replaced the six-speed automatic transmission with an eight-speed one, turning the vehicle into a more powerful choice for drivers.

The Defect

According to CNET, the problem is related to software responsible for regulating the vehicle’s advanced driver assist systems. The vehicle may not detect if the driver is touching the steering wheel during time periods when the lane-centering system is activated. If there is a need for the driver to return their hands to the wheel, the system may fail to notify the driver to do so, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Timeline of Events

All the recalled vehicles were built at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Plant between Sept. 5 and Nov. 19, 2018. Most of the vehicles affected are located in the U.S., though a few hundred are in Canada. Ford is thus far unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this defect.

This is the second recall to affect the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. According to Consumer Reports, last December Ford recalled certain 2019 Nautilus vehicles that were not equipped with Adaptive Front Steering due to a plastic cover on the driver frontal air bag module which had the potential to detach during air bag deployment.

The Solution

Fixing the problem will not require any replacement hardware. Owners will be notified and instructed to take their vehicle to an approved dealer, where technicians will reflash the software in the power steering control module. This will reset the ADAS system to provide the correct level of hands-off detection when in use. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The reference number for this recall is 19S02.

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective engine components

 

Dearborn, Mich. – Jan. 10, 2019 – Ford Motor Company has recalled approximately 874,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective engine components, according to a company press release. The campaign affects multiple models, including:

  • 2015-2019 Ford F-150 pickup trucks assembled between March 18, 2014, and Nov. 17, 2018, at manufacturing sites in Kansas City and Dearborn, Missouri.
  • 2017-2019 Ford Super Duty pickup trucks assembled between Oct. 8, 2014, and Nov. 17, 2018, at manufacturing sites in Avon Lake, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky.

More than 410,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold in U.S. dealerships, while the remainder wound up in the Canadian market.

The Defect

The vehicles involved in the action may contain AV outlet-compatible engine block heaters vulnerable to water intrusion. In the event that liquid enters these components, the cables and associated splice connectors within could corrode over time, increasing the likelihood of shorting. Should this occur, the engine block heater may falter or create an electrical current capable of tripping household breakers and ground-fault-circuit-interrupter outlets. That said, the defect does not pose a threat to occupants.

Ford has received just one report detailing an instance of property damage linked to the defective component thus far.

Timeline of Events

The automaker has yet to release information on the investigation that yielded the recall.

The Solution

Ford has directed dealers to inspect and, if necessary, replace the defective engine block heaters installed in recalled vehicles free of charge. However, the company has yet to release an owner notification timeline. Those in need of immediate assistance prior to the start of the campaign can contact Ford customer service personnel by calling (800) 392-3673. Owners can also reach out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by calling the Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective engine components

Dearborn, Mich. – Jan. 10, 2019 – Ford Motor Company has recalled approximately 874,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective engine components, according to a company press release. The campaign affects multiple models, including:

  • 2015-2019 Ford F-150 pickup trucks assembled between March 18, 2014, and Nov. 17, 2018, at manufacturing sites in Kansas City and Dearborn, Missouri.
  • 2017-2019 Ford Super Duty pickup trucks assembled between Oct. 8, 2014, and Nov. 17, 2018, at manufacturing sites in Avon Lake, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky.

More than 410,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold in U.S. dealerships, while the remainder wound up in the Canadian market.

The Defect

The vehicles involved in the action may contain AV outlet-compatible engine block heaters vulnerable to water intrusion. In the event that liquid enters these components, the cables and associated splice connectors within could corrode over time, increasing the likelihood of shorting. Should this occur, the engine block heater may falter or create an electrical current capable of tripping household breakers and ground-fault-circuit-interrupter outlets. That said, the defect does not pose a threat to occupants.

Ford has received just one report detailing an instance of property damage linked to the defective component thus far.

Timeline of Events

The automaker has yet to release information on the investigation that yielded the recall.

The Solution

Ford has directed dealers to inspect and, if necessary, replace the defective engine block heaters installed in recalled vehicles free of charge. However, the company has yet to release an owner notification timeline. Those in need of immediate assistance prior to the start of the campaign can contact Ford customer service personnel by calling (800) 392-3673. Owners can also reach out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by calling the Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel.

The move includes over 782,000 vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.

Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang…Read more on APNews.com

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