Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2020 Ford Transit AWD vans over a driveshaft separation issue.
The defect: in affected vehicles, the bolts that attach the rear driveshaft to the transfer case can become loose or damaged.
The hazards: loose or damaged driveshaft bolts can result in the separation of the driveshaft from the transfer case, resulting in a loss of drive power or unintended movement while parked if the parking brake is not engaged, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition.
Components: rear driveshaft bolts.
Affected vehicles: select 2020 Ford Transit AWD vans built at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant between May 1st, 2019, and February 1st, 2020.
Number of vehicles affected: 4,548
The fix: dealers will inspect and replace the driveshaft bolts, free of charge. If loose bolts are found, dealers will replace the driveshaft, all driveshaft bolts, center bearing bracket bolts, driveshaft to rear axle companion flange bolts, transfer case flange kit, and transfer case seal.
Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which began on December 17th, 2021. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S54.
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- FoMoCo Recall Number: 21S49
- NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
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I shudder to imagine all of the electrical problems that will take place once the BEV version gets rolling. “At FORD quality is job…what’s quality?”