Ford recalls new Mustangs over shifting issues, fire risk

Dearborn, MI June 14, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 8,161 2024 Ford Mustang sports cars that may catch fire or have difficulty switching gears. Both conditions up the risk of a crash and injury and in fact, the recall comes on the back of two fires.

Recall summary

The clutch line in these vehicles with manual transmission is responsible for “transmitting hydraulic pressure” and brake fluid between the engine and transmission, allowing the driver to switch gears. 

Due to a supplier error,  the clutch line is not properly attached to the rest of the car. That may result in it contacting “hot exhaust components” and melting, “leaking brake fluid.”

This may cause an inability to change gears and, if the fluid touches any hot components, an engine fire. 

Recall risks

With the driver unable to shift gears, the vehicle may stall.

Separately, a fire increases the risk of injury for the occupants of the car. 

Warning signs

If the escaping brake fluid leaks onto hot engine components, it may generate smoke and a strong burning odor. 

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of two fires and a report of underhood smoke. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Ford recalls

Issues concerning brake fluid were the cause of another Mustang recall, which took place in December 2023 and affected nearly 200,000 cars

Earlier this month, close to 9,000 Ford and Lincoln SUVs were recalled over loss of power, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will repair clutch pressure lines free of charge.

The owners should receive notifications on June 17, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Over 8,000 muscle cars are affected by this Mustang clutch 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 new Mustangs over shifting issues, fire risk

Ford recalls Maverick, Corsair cars over loss of power

Dearborn, MI June 7, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F), which owns the Lincoln brand, is recalling 8,727 hybrid SUVs and pickup trucks that may stall. This ups the crash risk and injury, especially in fast-moving traffic. 

The recall comes on the back of hundreds of warranty claims and encompasses the following vehicles:

  • 2022 – 2024 Ford Maverick
  • 2021 – 2022 Lincoln Corsair
  • 2020 – 2022 Ford Escape

Recall summary

The listed vehicles’ transmission is controlled by a small computer called the Hybrid Powertrain Control Module (HPCM). 

A glitch in the module’s software may result in the transmission shifting into neutral. Even after shifting into gear once again, the car will go into the “limp home” mode, with its power output being significantly limited.     

Recall risks

If the car loses power, it may get hit from behind, upping the risk of an injury for everyone involved.

Warning signs

The driver may notice a flashing “Drive” sign on the gear indicator. The instrument panel may also display a wrench-shaped warning accompanied by a chime.    

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the heels of 315 warranty claims and 125 vehicle owner questionnaires. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Ford recalls

These Ford Maverick pickups may have also been affected by a recall from January 2024, caused by inoperable turn signals

On a separate note, an instrument panel that may fail to illuminate was the reason why Ford recalled several models in August 2023, including Escape SUVs

The repair

Dealers will update the HPCM software free of charge. 

The owners should receive their notifications between May 23, 2024, and May 24, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Ford transmission recall affects nearly 9,000 hybrid SUVs and pickup trucks. 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 Maverick, Corsair cars over loss of power

Ford recalls Maverick trucks over reduced visibility

Dearborn, MI May 28, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 242,669 2022-2024 Ford Maverick pickup trucks whose tail lights may disengage on their own. This makes the vehicles less visible on the road, upping the chances of a crash and injury.  

Recall summary

The listed trucks are fitted with a computer called the Body Control Module (BCM), which turns the lights on and off and monitors their voltage. Due to a programming error, this module may falsely detect that one or both tail light bulbs are using too much electricity and shut them down to prevent over-current.

Recall risks

The truck whose tail lights are out is less likely to be spotted by other motorists, who may crash into it, increasing the risk of an injury. 

Other Ford recalls

This is not the first issue that Ford Mavericks have with the Body Control Module. Back in January 2024, these trucks were recalled because their turn signals would fail to engage, as reported.

A month ago, in April 2024, Ford recalled nearly 10,000 Bronco SUVs because their child locks were defective.

The repair

Dealers will update the BCM version free of charge. 

The owners should be notified between May 20, 2024, and May 24, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Almost a quarter of a million trucks are affected by this Ford tail lights 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 Maverick trucks over reduced visibility

Ford recalls Bronco SUVs over defective child locks

Dearborn, MI  – April 4, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 9,847 2023-2024 Bronco 4-door SUVs due to malfunctioning child safety locks. The issue raises the risk of injuries to child passengers.

Recall summary  

A child safety lock prevents children from accidentally opening the vehicle’s rear doors from the inside. A switch on the door’s edge must be engaged to activate this feature.

On the affected vehicles, a manufacturing error may result in left rear door opening when a passenger pulls on the handle from the inside, despite the child lock being engaged.

Recall risks

All risks concerning a faulty child safety door lock are explained in this report about a similar Bronco recall by Ford.  

Other Ford recalls

In January 2024, Ford recalled Maverick pickups due to faulty turn signal warnings, as reported.

In February 2024, Ford also recalled around 1.9 million SUVs because of detaching exterior trims, also as reported.  

The repair

Dealers will replace the child safety lock mechanisms free of charge. Ford will reimburse owners who had repairs done before the recall was announced.  

Owners should receive letters with more information on April 19, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Close to 10,000 SUVs are affected by this Ford child safety lock 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 Bronco SUVs over defective child locks

Ford recalls almost 2 million Explorer SUVs over fly-away trim   

Dearborn, MI – February 15, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling close to 1.9 million 2011-2019 Ford Explorer SUVs because a piece of exterior trim may detach while driving and create road debris. This increases the risk of a crash and injury. 

This recall follows a U.S. government investigation caused by several incidents involving trim pieces flying away from these vehicles. 

Recall summary  

The listed SUVs have a plastic trim surrounding the windshield, which is held in place with clip attachments. In the affected vehicles, the trim was not seated properly and may become loose and detach while driving. 

Recall risks

The trim may become a “road hazard” and increase the risk of a crash.

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of a U.S. government investigation started in January 2023 after the auto safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), received over 150 complaints about the fly-away trims. There have been several instances of drivers behind the Explorers “momentarily” losing control of their cars while trying to evade the object. 

Warning signs

The driver may notice the trim is not seated correctly or hear it rattle while driving.  

Other Ford recalls

Last month, Ford recalled close to 190,000 Maverick pickup trucks whose turn signals may fail to operate

On a separate note, there is an ongoing issue with Explorer SUVs that may stall or roll away, with the latest recall caused by this issue taking place in October 2023.  

The repair

The dealers will replace A-pillar trims repairs are free of charge.  

Owners should receive letters with more information between March 13, 2024, and March 25, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Almost 2 million of Ford’s popular SUVs are affected by this fly-away trim 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 almost 2 million Explorer SUVs over fly-away trim   

Ford recalls cars over engine failure, power loss

Dearborn, MI – February 7, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 139,730 cars that may stall because of engine failure. This greatly augments the risk of a crash and injury. 

 Vehicles affected by this recall include: 

  • 2018  –  2022 Ford Ecosport
  • 2016   2018 Ford Focus 

The recall comes on the heels of an ongoing U.S. government investigation, thousands of warranty claims and at least one crash.  Replacement parts are currently not available.

Recall summary  

The engine’s internal parts are lubricated with oil, which is circulated under pressure by an oil pump. In the affected vehicles, parts of the pump may “fracture” and “degrade,” leaving the engine without sufficient lubrication and consequently causing its failure and a vehicle shutdown. 

The car may also lose power brake assist.

Only vehicles with a 1.0-liter gasoline engine are affected by this issue.   

Recall risks

For the risks of stall, please refer to this article about a Chevrolet Volt investigation due to a similar issue. For the risks pertaining to the loss of power brake assist, please see this article about a related Nissan recall.

Warning signs

Leading up to the failure, the driver may notice “low oil pressure” and check engine warnings on the dashboard, accompanied by deceleration.  If the engine does fail, the driver should hear “loud noises” coming from the engine bay. 

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of an ongoing investigation conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. government auto safety regulator.

The investigation was spurred by 95 complaints drivers alleging engine failure. Leading up to the recall, the manufacturer also received over 2,000 warranty claims and became aware of one crash that resulted in two injuries. 

Other Ford recalls 

In December 2023, several compact Ford and Lincoln models were recalled because their doors would open while driving

Earlier this month, Ford recalled close to 200,000 Maverick pickup trucks over faulty turn signals, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the faulty parts of the pump free of charge.

Owners will receive letters acknowledging the recall in mid-February and will be notified once again once the remedy is available between April and June of 2024.

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Ford oil pump recall affects more than 130,000 cars. To do a Ford recall check and see if your vehicle is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Bojan PopicFord recalls cars over engine failure, power loss

Ford recalls Maverick pickups over faulty turn signal warning 

Dearborn, MI  – January 12, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F) has issued a recall for 189,814 2022-2024 Maverick pickups for their failure to warn drivers when the vehicles’ turn signal lamps stop working. This ups the risk of a crash and injury.

Recall summary  

The Ford Maverick rear lights use two turn signal bulbs on each side. A computer called the Body Control Module (BCM) controls these bulbs, such that when a turn signal bulb on one side is not working, the second bulb will flash more quickly, accompanied by a dashboard warning to alert the driver of the first bulb’s failure.  

In the affected vehicles, the BCM’s software is unable to detect when a bulb failure occurs. As a result, the other working bulb will continue to flash at the normal rate.

Recall risks

Other road users may also not be alerted when the vehicle makes a turn or lane change, augmenting the risk of a crash and injury.   

Other Ford recalls

In June 2023, Ford recalled more than 175,000 2021–2023 Bronco SUVs over unusable front seat belt latches, as reported.

In September 2023, Ford recalled over 8,000 2023 Edge SUVs because of excessively bright headlights that could blind oncoming drivers at night, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will fix the issue by reconfiguring the BCM in the affected vehicles free of charge. Ford will reimburse owners who paid for their own repairs before the recall announcement.

Owners will receive letters with more information by January 5, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Almost 190,000 vehicles are affected by this Ford turn signal 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 Maverick pickups over faulty turn signal warning 

Ford issues second recall for Fiesta, Fusion cars whose doors may open while driving 

Dearborn, MI  – December 30, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F), which owns the Lincoln brand, is recalling 45,173 cars whose doors may open while driving, upping the risk of injury. 

The following models are affected by this recall: 

  • 2015 Ford Fiesta
  • 2016 Ford Fusion
  • 2016 Lincoln MKZ

This is an expansion of a previous recall over the same defect, which dates back to 2020.  Only vehicles sold in states with “high ambient temperatures” are affected.

Recall summary  

The doors in a car stay shut due to a latching mechanism. Due to a supplier error, this mechanism may partially or completely break apart in the listed vehicles, causing the doors not to close securely or open while driving. 

The full list of the affected states is available here.

Recall risks

An unsecured door may open while driving, augmenting the risk of injury.

Warning signs

The driver or passengers may notice that the doors “bounce off” instead of closing, and it may take several attempts to shut them properly. They may also see the “Door ajar” warning on the dashboard and perceive “increased wind noise.”

Background of the recall

The first recall for the issue was done in March 2020. At that time, the manufacturer believed that only vehicles produced from November 2013 to late April 2015 had the faulty part. However, that turned out to be incorrect, which prompted Ford to issue the present recall.

The recall comes on the back of multiple owner complaints and warranty claims. No injuries or accidents have been reported.

Other Ford recalls

Some of these cars may have been affected by a recall from March 2023, which was caused by leaking front brakes

Door latch issues were also the cause of a recent Ford Transit Connect recall, which took place in August 2023, as reported.  

The repair

Dealers will check the door latches and replace them free of charge.

Owners should receive letters with more information between December 4, 2023 and December 8, 2023. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

More than 40,000 cars are affected by this door latch Ford 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 issues second recall for Fiesta, Fusion cars whose doors may open while driving 

Ford recalls Mustangs due to reduced braking performance

Dearborn, MI  – December 4, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 187,922 2020-2023 Mustang vehicles, as they may fail to warn the driver when the brake fluid level is low. This could impact braking performance and augment the risk of a crash.

Recall summary  

A computer called the Body Control Module (BCM) is normally hardwired to the brake fluid sensor and illuminates the “red brake warning indicator” when the fluid is getting low.

In the affected vehicles, the BCM is incorrectly linked to a different communications network, which may result in the BCM not activating the indicator when the fluid is running out.

Recall risks

Failure to top up braking fluid may lead to “softer” brakes and longer stopping distances, which augment the risk of a crash.

In more severe cases, the loss can result in inoperative brakes, as reported.

Other Ford recalls

In July 2023, Ford issued a recall for 14,452 Fusion plug-in hybrid vehicles due to a battery problem that can increase the likelihood of engine stalls or fire.  

In August 2023, Ford recalled a number of models including the Escape and the F-Series pickup due to faulty instrument panels.  

The repair

Dealers will fix the issue by reconfiguring the BCM on the affected vehicles free of charge. The automaker will reimburse the customers who paid for their repairs prior to the recall being issued.

Owners will receive letters with more information by December 8, 2023. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Over 180,000 vehicles are affected by this Ford brake fluid 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 Mustangs due to reduced braking performance

Ford issues third recall for Ford Explorer SUVs that may lose power or roll away  

Dearborn, MI – October 31, 2023 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 238,364 2020-2022 Ford Explorer SUVs that may stall or roll away. Both situations increase the risk of a crash and injury. 

The recall comes on the heels of an U.S. government investigation, a driver sliding into a pole and a multitude of customer complaints.

Recall summary  

Part of the drivetrain – called driveshaft – may disconnect from the rear axle, which is responsible for transmitting power to the vehicle’s rear wheels and moving the car forward. The disconnection is caused by a bolt which may fracture due to a supplier error.

Background of the recall 

Ford recalled the majority of the affected vehicles last May, as reported. In some cases, instead of replacing the bolt, the manufacturer opted to deploy a software update which was designed the get the parking brake engaged to prevent rollaway once the vehicle stopped moving. The update did not address the stall issue and it later turned out that some of the involved vehicles received the update that did not even result in the engagement of the parking brake when needed.

This caused Ford to issue another recall to release the correct software update.

Amidst the recalls, the U.S. government auto safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation after receiving two complaints alleging the loss of motive power in vehicles that have undergone repair.

The agency concluded that the software remedy was inadequate and ordered the present recall.

Recall risks

All the risks correspondent to a stall are described in this article about a related Mercedes-Benz recall.

A rollaway may lead to the vehicle hitting a stationary object, like a pole, which is exactly what happened to one of the drivers who filed a NHTSA complaint that led to this recall. No injuries were reported in that case but, overall, the defect did result in nearly 400 complaints and close to two dozen rollaway or stalling incidents .

Warning signs

The driver may hear “loud, grinding, binding, or clunking noises” coming from the back of the vehicle. 

Other Ford recalls

Drivetrain failure and corresponding rollaway were the cause of a recent Ford recall affecting a batch of heavy-duty pickup trucks

More than a three-quarter of a million F-150 trucks were recalled in August 2023 because their parking brakes would engage on their own. 

The repair

Dealers will replace the bushing and the bolt that holds the rear axle with a stronger one. In addition, they will check the axle’s cover for damage and replace it if necessary. 

This repair will be free of charge. 

Owners should be notified between November 6, 2023  and November 10, 2023. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Ford rollaway recall affects almost a quarter of a million SUVs. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool

Bojan PopicFord issues third recall for Ford Explorer SUVs that may lose power or roll away