Ford F-150, Explorer, Focus Electric, Transit Connect recalled for brake, transmission, other issues

June 29, 2016

This morning, Ford Motor Company issued three recalls affecting more than 8,200 vehicles, most of which are registered in the U.S. The problems with those vehicles include serious potential issues with their braking and transmission systems. Thankfully, Ford says that it's received no reports of accidents or injuries related to any of the underlying problems.

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RECALL #1: 2016 Ford F-150 and 2016 Ford Explorer
UNITS AFFECTED: 6,661, including 5,280 registered in the U.S., 1,199 in Canada, and 132 in Mexico 

This recall stems from a problem with the vehicles' driver's seats, which may not have been properly welded. If that's the case, the seats may not be as sturdy as expected during a collision, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants.  

The recall is limited to the following dates and places of manufacture:

  • 2016 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant between February 20, 2016 and February 25, 2016
  • 2016 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant between February 17, 2016 and February 24, 2016
  • 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant between February 17, 2016 and March 7, 2016

After receiving recall notices in the mail, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Ford dealerships for service. Dealers will inspect the driver's seat backrest frame and replace it, as necessary. 

RECALL #2: 2015-2016 Ford Focus Electric 
UNITS AFFECTED: 949, including 865 registered in the U.S. and 66 in Canada 

The Focus Electric is being recalled to address a problem with its transmission differential assembly. According to Ford, "[i]n certain vehicles, it is possible the differential pinion shaft could wear out, resulting in a shaft fracture that would cause the vehicle to lose motive power without warning while driving and transmission park function without warning..." Should either of those things happen, it would increase the risk of crashes and injuries to vehicle occupants. 

Ford will fix the Focus Electric by installing a new transmission differential assembly. Ford says the assembly will be "equipped with a friction-reducing coating on both the pinion shaft and pinion gear bores". 

As with the F-150 and Explorer recall above, this one is limited to vehicles made on specific dates:

  • 2015-2016 Ford Focus Electric vehicles built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant between August 20, 2015 and April 13, 2016
  • 2015-2016 Ford Focus Electric vehicles built at Ford's Saarlouis Assembly Plant between February 28, 2016 and March 30, 2016


RECALL #3: 2016 Ford Transit Connect 
UNITS AFFECTED: 608, including 605 registered in the U.S. and 3 in Canada 

This relatively small recall stems from a problem with the Transit Connect's brakes. Though it's not as wide-ranging as last month's massive brake-related F-150 recall, the underlying issue could be just as dangerous for drivers and passengers. According to Ford:

"In certain vehicles it is possible reduced pump performance of the brake hydraulic control unit may decrease electronic stability control and related systems including roll stability control, anti-lock braking system, emergency brake assist, curve control, trailer sway control, traction control and hill start assist performance, without warning increasing the risk of a crash."

The recall is limited to 2016 Ford Transit Connect vehicles built at Ford's Valencia Assembly Plant between February 22, 2016 and April 9, 2016. Ford says that after receiving recall notices by mail, owners will be able to take their vehicles to dealerships, where the Transit Connect's brake hydraulic control unit will be replaced.

If you own any of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Ford Customer Service at 800-392-3673.

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