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2015-2020 Ford Transit Recalled Over Parking Brake Cable Failure

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2015-2020 Ford Transit models due to an issue with the passenger side parking brake cable.

The defect: in affected vehicles, an incorrect driveshaft torsional damper service kit may have been installed, which can allow the damper shield to contact the parking brake cable, increasing the risk of a crash.

The hazards: over time, parking brake cable contact with the damper shield will abrade the parking brake cable. Abrasion of the parking brake cable could result in diminished load-carrying capability when the parking brake is applied. If the parking brake cable fails, the parking brake will no longer hold the vehicle in place, creating the risk of unintended vehicle movement.

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

Components: driveshaft torsional damper service kit.

Affected vehicles: select 2015-2020 Ford Transit vehicles equipped with dual rear wheels built at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant between June 5th, 2015, and December 17th, 2020.

Number of vehicles affected: 24

The fix: dealers will replace the passenger side parking brake cable with a cable that provides adequate clearance to the damper shield.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin September 13th, 2021. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S39.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 21S31
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. Paul

    I would love for Ford to REALLY figure out why my 2015 Transil 350 XLT makes so much noise while traveling between 40-65 mph. Something is clearly out of balance in the driveline. They aren’t willing to fix it even when the vehicle was covered under the original 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty. Ford Customer service was rude and obnoxious and refused to entertain the problem.

  2. crabbymilton

    Trucks are clearly FORD’s bread and butter. So they offer only rude behavior when the customer points out the lousy things they build. FORD=FOCUSED ON ROTTEN DESIGNS

  3. John Ball

    I have ford 2015 transit 250 the brake cable is making noise because it is hitting the damper shield . I am going to pay to fix it, then I am going to send the bill to ford for reimbursement of funds.


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