Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for more than 8,000 examples of the 2017 F-Series Super Duty over concerns that the fuel tank retaining strap could become separated from the vehicle’s frame, allowing the tank to shift out of position.
The defect: affected Super Duty examples may be missing a fuel tank strap reinforcement. Without this reinforcement, the fuel tank can move out of its proper mounting position over time, potentially contacting the ground.
The hazards: should the tank shift out of position and contact the ground, a fuel leak could result. In the presence of an ignition source, that fuel leak increases the risk of a fire.
Affected vehicles: 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between August 10th and September 17th, 2016
Number of vehicles affected: 8,069 units, of which:
- 7,103 are located in the United States
- 964 are located in Canada
- 2 are located in federalized territories
The fix: Ford will notify the owners of affected vehicles, and dealers will check for the presence of the fuel tank strap reinforcement at the No. 3 crossmember. If the reinforcement is found to be missing, the dealer will install one, free of charge.
Owners should: owners who wish to know if their vehicle is included in this Ford F-Series Super Duty recall can visit http://owner.ford.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page. There, they can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open safety, compliance or emissions recalls, as well as customer satisfaction programs.
Owners may also contact Ford customer service or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) using the information below:
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- Ford Recall Number: 16S45
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov