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Recent Major Ford Recalls; What Does This Mean for the Consumer?

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Recently, Ford Motor Company announced that it will be recalling thousands of its popular F-150 series trucks due to issues related to its windshields; however, specific vehicles are also being recalled due to issues related to transmission and engine concerns. The litany of recalls involving Ford recently, in particular with the Ford F-150, have consumers concerned.

Vehicle recalls are usually issued when there is a manufacturing or engineering problem related to the vehicle that could place drivers, passengers, and other people on the road in harm's way. Therefore, why are these vehicles being recalled, and what does this mean for the consumer? There are several important points everyone should keep in mind.


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What Is Wrong with the Windshields of the Ford F-150?

The recall issued for specific 2021 Ford F-150 vehicles, along with 2020 and 2021 Super Duty trucks, impacts more than 85,000 vehicles globally, with the vast majority of the vehicles being recalled in the United States. These vehicles were constructed at the Dearborn truck plant as well as the Kentucky truck plant.

Even though Ford is unaware of any injuries or crashes related specifically to this windshield issue, the problem is that the front windshields on these vehicles have not been bonded adequately to the vehicle structure. This means that the windshield may not stay in place appropriately if a motor vehicle crash ensues.

If the windshield becomes detached from the body of the vehicle, it could lead to additional serious injuries to drivers and passengers that could have otherwise been avoided. Therefore, Ford is issuing a recall in order to address these concerns.


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Ford Is Also Recalling Vehicles Due To Transmission Safety Concerns

In addition to recalls being issued due to problems related to the windshield, Ford is also issuing recalls for vehicles made in 2020 because of transmission safety concerns. This recall impacts a variety of vehicles, including:

  • 2020 Ford Expedition SUV’s constructed at the Kentucky truck plant
  • 2020 Ford F-150 trucks constructed at the Dearborn truck plant and Kansas City assembly plant
  • 2020 Ford Ranger trucks constructed at the Michigan assembly plant

Anyone wondering if their specific vehicle has been impacted should reach out to their local Ford dealership or Ford Motor Company Corporate to learn more. Specifically, this recall is being issued for vehicles that use their 10-speed automatic transmission. In vehicles that have been impacted, there is a clip that is supposed to lock on to the gear shift cable. This clip may not be fully seated. Therefore, the transmission could be in a different gear state than the driver thinks, creating a serious safety concern. This problem should not be confused with the similar problem ford had years ago with the 6R80 transmission.

For a better understanding of the problem, the driver would be able to move the shifter to park and remove the key from the ignition without the vehicle actually being placed in park. Therefore, the vehicle has the potential to roll away if the emergency parking brake is not applied, leading to a motor vehicle accident and possible injuries.

Even though Ford is currently unaware of any injuries or accidents that have taken place as a result of the transmission problem, it is still a serious safety concern that has to be addressed as quickly as possible.

Ford Issues a Recall for 6.7 L 2020 Super Duty Engines

Furthermore, Ford has also issued a recall for certain 2020 Super Duty vehicles that use their 6.7-liter diesel engines. These trucks have labels with incorrect payload information. The recall should impact close to 10000 Ford Super Duty Vehicles located in the United States, along with numerous other vehicles in Canada. The recall impacts 2020 Ford Super Duty vehicles that are built at the Kentucky truck plant.

Even though Ford does not know of any motor vehicle accidents that have taken place related to this engine recall, it does have many consumers concerned. Even though some experts say that it is not unusual to have a recall shortly after a vehicle is released, many drivers are worried about what all of these recalls mean for them. What should people know about engine recalls? What other recalls have been issued in the past?

Ford’s Long History of Engine Recalls The Past Few Years

Unfortunately, Ford has issued a variety of engine recalls during the past few years. Each of these recalls was issued for a slightly different reason. Examples include:

  • The E-Series Stall Recall: Ford issued this recall because some 2021 E Series vehicles could have wire harnesses that shape against the frame of the vehicle. If this takes place, the harness could become damaged. It is the responsibility of this harness to protect circuits that support the fuel pump and anti-lock braking system. Due to damage related to this harness, the engine may stall unexpectedly, creating a serious safety issue.


  • The Engine Block Heater Damage Recall: Ford also issued a recall on close to 14,000 vehicles due to problems related to block immersion heaters. If the heater cable is in close proximity to higher engine temperatures, this could lead to serious damage. As a result, the engine block heater could shut down, leading to household breakers tripping. Overheating could easily occur, and melted wire and could cause a fire to start.


  • The Engine Cylinder Head Leak Recall: A few years ago, forward also issued a recall on more than 200,000 vehicles due to issues related to the 1.6 L GTDI engine. Impacted vehicles have an increased risk of developing a fire underneath the hood as a result of engine cylinder heads overheated. When the engine heads overheat, it begins to crack. Oil leaks from the engine head, leading to fires. In order to address this concern, Ford issued a recall for multiple models.

These are just a few of the many engine recalls that Ford has issued during the past few years. What type of impact does this have on the consumer?


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Due To Ford Transmission and Engine Recalls, There Is a Large Deficit on the Market

Clearly, Ford has issued a wide variety of engine recalls during the past few years. This has had a number of impacts on consumers. In addition to numerous drivers having to take their vehicles back to the shop for additional repairs, that has also created a deficit of engines on the market. Therefore, people who are looking to replace engines in their vehicles may have a difficult time finding an available option. This is also driving up the price of engines on the open market.

Therefore, a lot of people are deciding to repair their existing transmissions and engines instead. Or, people could elect to go with a remanufactured transmission or engine, which has been tested and found to work as well as engines and transmissions straight from the factory. Furthermore, with a remanufactured option, all known factory defects are corrected before the transmission or engine is installed.

Everyone Must Pay Attention To a Recall That Has Been Issued

Even though it can be an inconvenience to do with a vehicle that has been recalled, everyone has to listen to the instructions if a recall is issued for a vehicle they are driving. Recalls are issued for safety concerns. Therefore, everyone has to take their vehicle back to the factory to have this safety concern addressed.


This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Luke Wilhoit

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