Ford Motor Company has issued three safety-related recalls in North America. While Ford isn’t currently aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issues which caused the recalls, you should still read on to see if your vehicle is one of those affected:
Safety compliance recall for select 2018-20 Ford F-150 vehicles with LED headlamps – Ford reference number 20C03
When the daytime running lamps on affected vehicles are illuminated and the master lighting switch is manually rotated from the auto lamp position to the headlamp-on (low-beam) position, the lamps remain activated instead of dimming to parking lamp intensity as required by federal motor vehicle safety standards. This could reduce other drivers’ visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.
This action affects 166,196 vehicles in the USA and federal territories and 50,989 in Canada. All affected vehicles were built at Dearborn Truck Plant, Jan. 5, 2017, to Oct. 10, 2019, and Kansas City Assembly Plant, Jan. 25, 2017, to Oct. 10, 2019. Dealers will update the body control module software configuration.
Safety recall for select 2015-16 Ford F-150 vehicles for engine block heater cable – Ford reference number 20S08
This safety recall is for select 2015-16 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with engine heater elements and 3.5-liter GTDI engines. Depending on the heater element location, some vehicles’ cables may have insufficient heat protection and incorrect length. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause a resistive short, inoperative engine block heater and/or tripping of household breakers or GFCI-equipped outlets while the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in.
This issue is a safety risk only while the vehicle is parked and the block heater cable is plugged into an outlet. A resistive short in the engine-block heater splice connector can increase the risk of overheated or melted wiring and fire. Customers should not use the engine block heater cable until their vehicle is inspected.
This action affects 13,854 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 19,679 in Canada. Affected vehicles were built at Dearborn Truck Plant July 31, 2014, to Sept. 27, 2016, and Kansas City Assembly Plant, Feb. 10, 2015, to Oct. 15, 2016. Dealers will inspect the block heater and cable and repair or replace as appropriate.
Safety recall for select 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty and 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles – Ford reference number 20S09
Some affected vehicles may have inadequate axle lubricant. This can result in bearing seizure, leading to component fracture and driveshaft separation from the rear axle. In the event of a rear-axle pinion stem fracture, customers would experience loss of vehicle motive power and park function. If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
This action affects 319 vehicles in the U.S. and just seven in Canada.
Affected vehicles include:
- 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant Jan. 12-14, 2020
- 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant Jan. 2-16, 2020
Dealers will check the differential fluid level. If the fluid is at the proper level, no further action need be taken. If the fluid level is low, the rear axle assembly must be replaced.