- ford has announced the recall of nearly 185,000 f-150 trucks from 2021 and 2022 model years over a problem with the driveshaft.
- in a national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa) recall report, ford said underbody insulators could become loose and contact the driveshaft, which could then become damaged and even drag on the ground, causing loss of control or loss of power while driving.
- ford will begin notifying owners of the recalled pickups at the end of january and will inspect and repair the vehicles at no charge.
ford will recall 184,698 of its 2021 and 2022 model f-150 pickups to address a problem with two underbody acoustic/thermal insulators. these could loosen and come into contact with the truck's aluminum driveshaft and damage or even fracture it, ford said. the problem affects 4x4 supercrew models with the 145-inch wheelbase and the optional sound insulation package, and ford estimates only 10 percent of the recalled trucks will have the defect. no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the issue, which ford started investigating in july.
owners can look for signs of trouble including a loose insulator under the vehicle or a "rattling, clicking, or clunking noise" that indicates an insulator touching the driveshaft. ford stopped making trucks with the offending insulator by mid-november, according to the recall report filed with nhtsa.
ford has started notifying dealers and will send letters to owners of the recalled trucks beginning january 31. in the meantime, owners can check with the nhtsa recalls website to see if their vehicle is affected.