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Ford F-Series Recalled Over Trailer Brake Controller Safety Issue (Updated)

As Ford Authority reported earlier this morning, select 2020-2022 Ford Escape and 2021-2022 Ford Bronco Sport models equipped with Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 are being recalled over an engine oil separator housing that may crack, leading to potential oil leaks that can cause a fire. However, it isn’t the only recall being issued by the Blue Oval today, as select Ford F-Series models are also being recalled over a trailer brake controller safety issue, according to the Detroit Press.

The recall affects only certain Ford F-Series pickups consisting of 2021-2022 Ford F-150 models and the 2022 Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550. The problem stems from a software error that can prevent the trailer brake controller from functioning properly, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the brake controller software to rectify the issue, while owner notifications are scheduled to begin on April 18th, 2022.

Currently, Ford has received 67 reports of improperly functioning trailer brake controllers, which could potentially be related to this issue, but the automaker has not received any reports of injuries or crashes related to the recall.

Ford Motor Company is recalling select Ford F-Series vehicles over an issue with the trailer brake controller.

The defect: due to a software error, a towed trailer equipped with an electric or electric-over hydraulic brake system may not brake.

The hazards: loss of trailer brake functionality could result in an extended stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash.

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

Components: trailer brake controller software.

Affected vehicles: select 2021-2022 Ford F-150 models produced at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant and the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant from February 12th, 2020, to February 16th, 2022, and 2022 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant from December 2nd, 2020, to February 15th, 2022.

Number of vehicles affected: 391,836 vehicles

The fix: dealers will update the integrated trailer brake control module software, free of charge.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on April 8th, 2022.

Contacts:

  • 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: www.safecar.gov

This article has been updated to include specific information about the recall as provided by NHTSA.

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Comments

  1. Charles Taylor

    I have made a panic stop on an I – 75 down grade in Covington Ky from 50MPH with a Ford F 150 truck. Thankfully my aftermarket controller brought the 7500 lbs behind me to a stop without locking up the trailer wheels. Can’t imagine the experience without the brake controller functioning properly!!

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    1. Bryan

      I think that part of the problem is that they turned the 7 pin trailer connector upside down so the cover door opens downward. This is contrary to how it was designed to work. When the door swings up it forces the 7 pin connector plug from the trailer into the connector on the truck. Gravity helps to keep inward pressure on the connection. By mounting the electrical connector upside down on the truck it allows the trailer plug to back out of the connector about a 1/4 of an inch while the vehicle is traveling down the road. This causes a bad connection and the trailer brake controller stops working. It happened on my 2022 Ford truck. Very obvious problem
      Bryan

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