Ford has announced that it is issuing a safety recall for select 2021 Ford E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway vehicles. The recall has to do with improperly frame-mounted wire harnesses that could chafe over time leading to unexpected engine stalls. The E-Series vehicles sell well for Ford with the automaker having announced 12837 units sold in Q4 2019 earlier this month.
The defect: affected vehicles have a frame-mounted wire harness that could, over time, chafe on the frame leading to damage of the wire harness and the circuits inside.
The hazard: Ford says that over time chafing on the frame could affect wiring associated with the fuel flow, trailer tow, and antilock braking system. Damage to the fuel pump circuit could result in an unexpected engine stall while driving and increase the risk of a crash, injury, or fire related to this condition.
Affected components: the defective part includes a frame-mounted wire harness with circuits for fuel, trailer tow, and antilock brake systems.
Affected vehicles: Ford says that affected 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles were built at the Ohio Assembly Plant between May 11th, 2019 and January 30th, 2020.
Number of affected vehicles: the recall action covers 2871 vehicles in the US and 760 in Canada.
The fix: dealers will inspect the wire harness for damage, and if there is no damage, apply anti-abrasion tape over the area and ensure clearance to surrounding components. If the wiring harness is damaged, technicians will follow the standard repair procedure to slice in a new wire, apply anti-abrasion tape over the area, and ensure clearance to surrounding components.
- Ford Recall Number: 20S13
- Ford Customer Service: 1-800-392-3673
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov