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2021 Ford F-150 Recalled Over Defective Driveshafts

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2021 Ford F-150 models due to issues related to the two-piece driveshaft.

The defect: in affected vehicles, the circlip used to secure the connection between the two driveshaft halves may not have been properly installed, potentially affecting the connection of the two halves.

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The hazards: an improperly assembled driveshaft could separate, resulting in a loss of power without warning while driving, or unintended vehicle movement in park if the parking brake is not applied, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Components: two-piece driveshaft.

Affected vehicles: select 2021 Ford F-150 models equipped with Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 or 3.5L PowerBoost V6 and the optional Max Trailer Tow package assembled at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant between September 25th, 2020, and March 5th, 2021, and the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant between November 2nd, 2020, and March 5th, 2021.

Number of vehicles affected: 4,436

The fix: Dealers will inspect the driveshaft, and replace it if necessary, free of charge.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which are expected to be mailed the week of June 14th, 2021. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S25.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 20S73
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. crabbymilton

    That’s ok since you can’t steer them anyway. Nice truck to have if you just want to let it sit in your driveway. Years from now you’ll see them next to barns with trees growing thru them with only 10 miles on the odometer. 🙂

  2. Mark L Bedel

    I’m always curious as to how these issues rise to a recall status. What kind of testing was or wasn’t done that would have caught this pre-production?

    1. crabbymilton

      That’s the million dollar question. Again, either make sure it’s right first BEFORE releasing it for production or just leave it the way it is. If they think by cutting corners will save money, they’ll then wonder why so many loyal customers go elsewhere. I’m going to visit the HENRY FORD MUSEUM for my October vacation. I’m wondering now if I should spend the extra money to tour the plant where this thing is built. It may be good for laughs anyway.

  3. Gary.

    I wonder too how these thing happen 🤔 Was it put together by human or robot?

  4. LWA


    This is an assembly issue, not a design flaw. Pre-prod testing can’t solve mistakes in the factory, or at the supplier.

  5. Sherry C Nunes

    I am still dealing with the recall on the windshield. Since recall was completed my auto collison and lane keeping system doesn’t work. It has been a month now. Mine is a 2021 platinum. Has anyone else had this problem?

  6. Jacob Allen Swallow

    The bearings and axels have always been annoying I have had two ford explorers with weak bearing issues. I don’t understand why.

  7. crabbymilton

    Yeah they must hire anyone who has a pulse and failing nursery school is no factor.

  8. John Burger

    My alarm continuously goes off when I have my trailer hooked up & try to lock it.
    The alarm app says trailer disconnect.
    The gas gauge also doesn’t work.
    Very disappointed in my new 2021 F150 & I have only had it 1 month.

  9. gary nelson

    Our platinum still can’t find the trailer sticker to use the backup feature


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