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Ford Motor Company announces recall on three safety features

Ford just announced three separate recalls on safety features in North America. Ford will start notifying customers the last week of July and into late August. 

Recall One:

A safety recall has been issued for certain 2020-2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles with the 6.7-liter engine and single rear axle house spring seat interference weld issue. This recall affects almost 35,000 Super Duty vehicles. These vehicles may experience rear driveline disconnect, causing vibration and/or shaking while driving at highway speeds, or shuddering upon acceleration. If the driveshaft disconnects, drivers may experience loss of motive power while driving or loss of transmission park function if the parking brake is not applied, increasing the risk of crash.

The trucks affected by this recall were built between August 6, 2020 and May 15, 2021 at the Kentucky Truck Plant. Ford is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall. The automaker will begin customer notification the week of August 16. Dealers will inspect rear axle to determine if deformation is present, if so, the axle housing will be replaced. If it is not deformed, the dealer will do a weld repair on the spring seats. The Ford reference number for this is recall is 21S31.

Recall Two:

Ford announced a safety recall for select 2013-2017 Ford Explorer vehicles with a possible seized cross-axis ball joint that may cause a fractured rear suspension toe link. This recall targets almost 775,000 vehicles across the global market, over 676,000 in North America. Affected vehicles may experience a clunk noise, unusual handling, or a misaligned rear wheel. Fracture of a rear toe link significantly affects steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. 

The affected vehicles of most concern are located in high-corrosion states with a combination of cold winter weather with road salt and high humidity. Ford is aware of six allegations of injury  related to this condition in North America. Ford will notify owners the week of August 23. Vehicles affected by this recall were building between September 4, 2012 and September 30, 2017 at the Chicago Assembly Plant, and January 28, 2013 and July 28, 2017 at the Elabuga Assembly Plant in Russia. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S32. 

Recall Three:

This safety recall affect around 36,250 vehicles in North America. The vehicle affected includes 2020-2021 Lincoln Aviator equipped with 3.0-liter gas engines for improperly secured battery cable wire harness. This has the possibility to allow contact with the A/C compressor pulley. The A/C pulley may rub through the wire harness insulation and contact the unfurled battery positive (B+) circuit, resulting in a short circuit and potential fire.

Vehicles build dates would be between June 19, 2019 and January 5, 2021 at the Chicago Assembly Plant. Ford did confirm they are unaware of an accidents, injuries or fires related to the safety recall issues. Ford will begin owner notifications starting the week of July 30. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and follow protocol on handling the issues. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S34.

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