Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has recalled 319,711 vehicles in North America. This voluntary recall was announced on the 29th of October 2019 and is to kick odd immediately.
This recall has affected its four models; Lincoln Navigator, Transit, Expedition, and Edge. There were no accidents or injuries that triggered these recalls, which will be fully catered for by the dealerships.
The most affected of the Ford models is the Transit van. The company has recalled 293,558 Transit vans model in the U.S; 2,744 in Mexico; and 22,960 in Canada across the years 2015 to 2017.
The least affected of the three models is the Lincoln Navigator; only one was recalled.
Ford said that the reason for recalling the Transit Van, assembled at Kansas City Plant, was associated with the driveshaft flexible coupling. According to Ford, the coupling becomes more susceptible to cracking as the vehicle mileage increases. This would then result to vibration and noise in the driveline, which will then possibly cause separation of the driveshaft. The overall effect of these occurrences would be unintended movement and loss of power when the vehicle is in parking mode as well as cause damage to the brakes and fuel lines.
Ford assures its customers that any vehicle whose couplings were installed under the 2017 recall and have less that 40,000 miles, were safe to use. However, if the vehicle has over 40,000 miles, Ford is conducting an ‘interim repair’ to replace the coupling. This interim repair is to be conducted every 40,000 miles until they reach a permanent repair solution.
Ford explains that when they settle on a permanent repair solution, the dealers will replace the existing coupling with front driveshaft sections which have mechanical u-joints.
The Ford Edge recalls were due to the seat belt pre-tensioner anchor which were not crimped well. Moreover, the driver’s seat may not be well installed to serve its purpose of restraining the driver in case of a crash. The total number of Ford Edge recalled were 400, which were assembled at the Oakville plant on 18th and 19th of September 2019.