Ford recalls more than 25 thousand Ford Transit vansOctober 30, 2019
Ford makes another interim fix as he waits for parts for a permanent solution.
Ford says it is releasing a North American safety recall featuring certain Transit cargo vans, as well as two small reviews featuring the Edge crossover and full-size Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
The biggest recall is related to Transit freight vans from the 2015 to 2017 model years, where Ford claims it is recalling 293,558 in the US, 22,960 in Canada and 2,744 in Mexico due to driveshaft couplings that may crack when mileage increases, making noise and vibration in the transmission. In the absence of control, the problem can lead to the propeller shaft breaking off, which will lead to the inability to move under the influence of its own force or to the unintended movement of the vehicle when it is left in the park if the parking brake is not applied. It can also cause damage to other components, such as brakes or fuel lines, which could result in personal injury.
Ford says he is unaware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this problem. The affected Transit vans were built at Ford’s Kansas City plant from January 17, 2014 to June 15, 2017.
Ford issued a recall in 2017 on the same issue and made an interim repair, replacing the flexible coupling while it worked on the final solution to the problem. This permanent fix is apparently still not ready, so Ford says it will replace the flexible coupling on the affected Transit vans with a length of more than 40,000 miles and will replace it every 40,000 miles. Final repairs will include the installation by dealers of the front sections of the driveshaft with mechanical U-joints to replace flexible couplings.
The other two reviews are much smaller in volume, and none of them resulted in accidents or injuries:
Ford recalls 366 Edge 2019 crossovers in the US and 65 in Canada due to faulty seat belt pretensioner anchors that cannot adequately hold passengers in an accident. Affected vehicles were built at the assembly plant in Oakville on September 18 and 19, 2019. Dealers will make repairs for free. Also worth mentioning are the 18 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs released in the 2019 model year. The problem is securing the rear link, which may not have been properly tightened during assembly, which means that it can detach while driving, increasing the risk of an accident or injury. Dealers will make the necessary repairs. The affected Expedition and Navigator vehicles were built at the Kentucky truck manufacturing plant on September 5 and 6 and September 6, respectively.
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