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Ford Takes Most Recalled Manufacturer Crown For 2022

Those that have been paying attention over the past year or more are already aware that Ford has issued its fair share of recalls over that time span, a number that continues to grow as the calendar continues to turn. Among that group, some of the more notable issues relate to the Ford Escape over a fire risk and a shift cable detachment issue, the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition, which face blower motor failure problems, Ford F-150 wiper motor failures, the Ford Bronco Sport over a fuel injector issue, and the Ford Transit Connect and Fusion, both of which were plagued by a problematic shifter cable bushing. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the U.S. Department of Transportation is highlighting Ford as the most recalled manufacturer for 2022 – an “honor” that it also earned in 2021.

Ford took the crown for the most recalled manufacturer in 2022 by issuing a grand total of 67 of them – or 17 percent of the total automotive industry – affecting 8,636,265 vehicles, giving it a healthy lead over Volkswagen, which issued 45 recalls. The rest of the list is composed of Daimler Trucks (42 recalls), Chrysler (38), Forest River (35), Mercedes-Benz (33), General Motors (32), Kia (24), Hyundai (22), Navistar (22), Tesla (20), and BMW (19).

Ford is well aware of this problem and hired quality turnaround specialist and former J.D. Power Vice President Josh Halliburton as its new executive director of quality back in April to help get it back on track. Halliburton did acknowlege that fixing these problems takes time, and noted that Ford’s quality issues should begin to subside in 2023, while the automaker has recently placed a renewed focus on that particular area as well. Regardless, CEO Jim Farley took a more pessimistic view toward that timeline earlier this month, claiming that it could take several years to correct the company’s quality woes.

We’ll have more on Ford’s recall problems and quality issues soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford recall news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. David Dickinson II

    As I read this, my Expedition is “bricked” in my driveway waiting for a tow truck to take it to the dealer. Wonderful.

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  2. Samurai

    As a Ford Sales Rep, this is embarrassing to even look at. How can a brand that me and my family believe in for over 3 generations screw up this badly?!?!? I sell these cars for a living and I worry now if I sold a safe car? Hell I just sold my sister a BRAND NEW ESCAPE that we had to switch to a different Escape because the first one that I sold had the recall for the 1.5L were the ENGINE COULD BLOW UP!!!!! I still believe that for can turn around but this should be their #1 priority, NOT EV’S!!! Hell even the EV’S have recalls!!!!!

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    1. RWFA

      This sounded reasonable until you descended into EV FUD with an attempt to bolster that with a spurious claim about selling a recalled vehicle.

      Seriously, how are we to believe you are a professional when you say 1) that you sold your sister a defective car and 2) you then swapped it for another?

      This seems highly unlikely given that for the two recalls for 1.5L engine fire (oil leak, injector crack) dealers were notified in March and November respectively of demo and delivery holds.

      The vehicle you say you sold your sister shouldn’t have been available for sale if the necessary remediations hadn’t been done yet.

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      1. Samurai

        Sorry, rephrase, when I meant by just sold, I meant that we had numbers agreed upon until we ran the vin and realized the recall was for her first pick of Escape. We then switched to a different Escape before she signed on the line. The 2nd Escape that I showed AND sold wasn’t in the recall. And yes, I do stand with the argument that EV’s took away investing in quality control. Lets face the facts, EV’s took a majority of investment from Ford. After getting rid of all sedans and hatchbacks to make up for investment, they most likely still didn’t have enough to go fully EV. So they had to cut corners somewhere.

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        1. RWFA

          That’s nonsense. The vehicles that are causing problems today were developed years ago, well before EV development began.

          Additionally the people going the work on ICE don’t do EV and vice versa, these are two vastly different skill sets.

          If you understood product lifecycle, development and investment you would realize how far you are off the mark.

          Ps Double-G Gregg needs to work on his reading comprehension skills. He’s doing drive-by case closure without realizing that he’s referring to vehicles developed before Ford’s BEV ball got rolling.

          But why let effect stand in the way of cause?

          And poor Bruce, he might set up a study group with Double G Gregg, because despite my second paragraph, he still had to willingly conflate skill sets and current and future product engineering like a kid mashing all his good in his plate until it looks like one thing.

          But why let how things work stand in the way of an irrational grudge?

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          1. Greggt

            Have you looked at Consumer Reports? Have you seen the ratings on the F150 Hybrid?….Case Closed!!

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          2. Bruce Holberg

            Your Worship, again, you have missed the point. SOME parts may have been designed earlier, but they all were manufactured and installed NOW. Also, the split between ICE and EV is relatively recent. It is demonstrable that talent, resources, etc are drawn off for EV development, and as the writer says, they have had numerous recalls as well. Net effect? As with many others, I have been a FoMoCo fan most of my life, but I wouldn’t touch one of their products now.

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      2. CHARLES STEMPLE

        IF WE CANNOT GET THE GAQS ENGINES CAN WE GET THE EV VEHICLES ANY BETTER?

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  3. MalibuRam

    Let’s Please give ford time to fix this . Ford will come out on top once again they will bring there quality right up on Par with Nissan and Honda oh yes indeed they will

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  4. Mark B

    Well, I guess we all know what issue(s) need the most attention, and quickly, especially in light of the reduced repair labor force, and still lingering parts supply chain issues. People will continue to be ever more impatient with just about everything…so having to bring their vehicle in for warranty repairs will just exacerbate negative brand feelings.

    Better figure it out? Is it poor engineering, poor subcontractor manufacturing quality, poor product development?

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    1. RWFA

      A bit of everything you listed and more.

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  5. Thurston Munn

    4th generation Ford family and I even worked for Ford Lincoln/Mercury division for 10 years. I agree with one of the others, all the focus on EVs that no one wants is not helping the real issues and that is quality and reliability.

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    1. RWFA

      Given your expertise due to your 10 year L-M tenure many years ago, how are you able to conflate ongoing product quality issues with future EV development?

      Two different parts of organization and as for powertrain, the skill sets for ICE vs EV are worlds apart.

      Did you like work in the bumper sticker spare parts warehouse or something?

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    2. Greggt

      You might want to add Supply Change issues to your list!

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  6. Shawn

    I’ve had Two MachEs, A New Bronco, A 21 Powerboost F150 and now a Lightning. First MachE was recalled for glass roof and windshield, Powerboost had the wiper Motor recall, and 2nd MachE GT had the High voltage Battery Junction Box where an OTA software fix was pushed.
    All the others we never had a problem and let the dealer do the recall when we traded them in. Never left stranded and the Dealer and Ford Customer Liaison were on top of the issues. My daughter has the Escape recall but hasn’t had it done yet, all 5 of the vehicles never left us stranded but have read other MachE owners did need a tow. Ford’s Customer service has kept my faith in the Brand, but they do need to get quality right as it’s a huge part of repeat buyers. Having introduced so many all new vehicles, from Bronco, Bronco Sport, MachE, Lightning, and Maverick in the last 30 months is a definite quality minefield, but they need to do better.

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    1. RWFA

      Agreed on Ford’s need to up its Q game.

      Lots of top level actions have been undertaken this year with reinforced messaging and reports on what’s happening.

      Anybody who’s been elbows in in this business knows that these things take some time to gain traction.

      What we should see is that as old product is replaced by new EV product, recalls should significantly decrease as many recent recalls (and the worst of them with fire risk) have been due to ICE powertrain.

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  7. Duane Walker

    I’ll keep buying Fords until they give me a reason not to. That hasn’t happened yet. I would rather they recall my cars and proactively fix a problem BEFORE the problem occurs which leaves me stranded. My ’95 Ranger, ’03 Ranger, ’06 F150, ’12 Mustang GT, ’16 Edge, ’20 F150, & ’22 Explorer have all been very reliable (at least, so far). Biggest potential issue I see facing my current vehicles is the coolant leakage issue on the ’16 Edge. Time will tell.

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  8. Shaun

    I’ll add to this

    2019-2020 (built on or before July 30,2020) Ford Ranger HVAC (No Heat/AC Issue) Warped Heater Box Assembly

    NHTSA.gov – TSB # – SSM 49264

    Ranger5G forum is full of this issue and I can add myself to this list as I had this replaced under warranty (but literally within 1000miles of bumper warranty expiration)

    The is affecting a lot of Ranger owners in the affected years whom are now out of the bumper to bumper warranty and repair estimates range (have been posted) anywhere from $2500 to $4000

    It’s just not right to have that kind of pricey *known* issue have to be dealt with on a newer truck most likely all are still making payments on.

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  9. CHARLES STEMPLE

    TOTALLY EMBARRASSING!! QUALITY HAS GONE OUT THE WINDOW!!

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    1. RWFA

      You really should familiarize yourself with turning off the cap lock button.

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  10. EcoBoost29579

    Why are Hyundai and Kia separate entries? Both are common ownership and part of the HyundaiKiaGenesis Group. If you add those 2 together, you see that they are in the second spot, which is exactly where they should be.
    This site has problems with graphs and charts, consistently.

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    1. RWFA

      Agree. To a degree.

      Hyundai and Kia should be combined and reported at the group level under the controlling entity’s name (Hyundai).

      Doing so would give Hyundai(Kia) a 46% share of recalls. (Still a country mile in back of Ford’s current inauspicious Q crown.)

      To be fair, and this is why I’m not strongly criticizing FI’s chart, the split in the chart probably reflects that Hyundai only holds 1/3 of the equity in Kia (even though Hyundai controls Kia’s strategic direction through a board led by the chairman of Hyundai.)

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  11. GaryB

    thats too bad. wonder if cutting all those thousands of engineering jobs over the years, awarding bids to the cheapest supplier manufacturers, and not implementing quality audits at each assembly operation (automated vision inspection systems, torque checkers, HIPOT & current draw checks, etc) is contributing to the issues.

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    1. Eric B.

      Don’t forget how Farley cut Mechanical Engineers and replaced them with Electrical Engineers because he thought EVs would be a success. Boy did that blow up in his face. He is a bigger fool than his actor cousin (RIP).

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      1. GaryB

        Have a source to share regarding the mechanical engineers vs ev electrical engineers? or is that just a stab in the dark against the EV push? You wouldnt have a mechanical engineer design circuit systems (which ICE actually has more sensors/modules/and chips than the EV counterparts) and you wouldnt have an electrical engineer design mechanical systems. Ford cut the jobs. I dont recall ever seeing anything about Ford trying to make staff work outside their specialization.

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        1. RWFA

          Agreed. While it may make total sense to you and me and even to most casual observers, the death shaming cretins (RIP disclaimer not withstanding) can’t seem to wrap their brain cell around it.

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      2. Michael J Genzale

        EVs are being mandated by more and more states. Oregon is the latest stat with an EV mandate. Ford being an international builder and seller of vehicles the European EV mandate looms large.
        To not put engineering research and development into EVs not now when? After ever other company is eating Fords market share up?
        You do not have to like EVs, but dening the title wave building and denying the the future.

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  12. Josh

    This is what they get for putting way to big of a focus on EVs, which are financially failing. Over 165k ICE trucks sold in one quarter alone compared to only 6k Lightings. Mach E was recently dropped by Consumer Reports. No wonder Ford is headed for bankruptcy

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    1. RWFA

      Oh look, K-street Josh is here with the scripted short seller/Big Oil BS.

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  13. Eric B.

    Jim Farley and his lunatic EV push in action. Toyota and RAM recently stated they will not focus on EVs because stats show a majority of Americans are not interested. And financial reports show that was a very smart decision. They are both killing Ford in stock value and profits. EVs are done for on any large scale and now Jim Farley gets to realize that.

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    1. RWFA

      And now K-street Eric with the add on.

      He quite ramp his FUD to include “you can fit 1000 Liechtenstein’s inside Texas” but maybe somebody else drew that talking point.

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  14. Dwayne D

    Rwfa. You are obviously a lefty lunatic that thinks your smarter than everybody else. And you definitely are not! You obviously dont like the truth. Why dont you go bother another site.

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    1. RWFA

      Thank you for your love Dwayne, you make the FUDsters feel their jobs are not forsaken.

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    2. Kenny D

      TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU DWAYNE D……. AND IN ALL CAPS TOO!!!! NOT SURE WHERE “REALLY WANT FREAKING ATTENTION” BLEW IN FROM???? BUT HE APPEARS TO HAVE QUITE AN EDUCATION IN JUST ABOUT “EVERYTHING”???? 😳.

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      1. RWFA

        Oh our favorite imbecile Kenny Four-star found the caps lock key.

        Only took him a day.

        And he’s also off to the races with his ellipsi and zoomie zoomie punctuation.

        I really wish the judge had given him more than 3 months.

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  15. Tony (uk)

    Ford europe is going all-in with EVs in 2024 for non commercials!!! This will be fatal imo.

    Ford is last to market in Europe with an affordable EV, all we currently have is a trickle of EV mustangs, a market that has now met the EV demand for early adopters.

    Other Euro manufacturers can make and sell ICE cars until 2035 earliest ( except UK which is 2030)

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    1. RWFA

      LoL you sound like the old CEO of Microsoft Steve Balmer who derisively said laughing that Apple wouldn’t be able to sell an iPhone because there was no market for it even with carriers fully subsidizing it.

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  16. Michael J Genzale

    Well the recalls seem to be exclusively with the quality of a component. Be it the component itself or the engineering, design or manufacturing of said component. A lot more imposing task to address than workmanship quality, or lack of same.
    Prior to my retirement. I was a proud Ford salesperson, so this hurts a bit.

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    1. Jane

      This can be corrected quickly by firing Jim Farley and by putting the focus back on ICE vehicles. We are hurt too being lifelong Ford owners (not anymore).

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      1. RWFA

        Here’s Big Oil Jane trying to derail the BEV train.

        Big Oil must be wetting themselves at the prospect of oil wars meaning price cuts as capacity chases falling demand.

        In the short term Watch them cut gas prices dramatically to try to remove the pure economic rationale for buying a BEV.

        More economic manipulation by the polluting industry that raises prices in time for every holiday period.

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    2. RWFA

      Hurts us all Mike, but if you were around the Ford Ranch this long, you saw Ford go through several cycles of decline and then hyper rejuvenation.

      What doesn’t hurt are all the bad faith trolls swinging in and splashing cone headed mass quantities of FUD all from the same talking points list.

      Hang in there, you’ll see better days are ahead if you don’t buy into all the backward looking indicators and stupid FUD.

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  17. steve

    Buy junk ,get junk !! We haven’t seen the first of any issues with the EV yet !! Just wait !!

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    1. RWFA

      They have happened. They are inevitable and will come.

      But that’s not a reason to stagnate and die.

      That’s the nature of manufacturing and having the balls to not stay frozen in place before the world passes you by.

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  18. RichG

    Is Ford really paying THAT much more attention to EVs than any other manufacturer?

    Posters here act as if Ford is going all-EV while the others…are not. I just don’t get using this as the excuse for poor quality control.

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    1. Travis

      Ford’s CEO said it himself. He directly stated he is diverting chips and parts supplier resources towards the EV side and away from the ICE side. He told the truck division he is simply using their profits to get the EV side up and running. Most workers would quit or slow roll quality if they were told they were being used.

      This CEO is the dead comic actor’s Chris Farley’s cousin, he should of gone into acting like his cousin instead of pursuing an unrealistic EV pipe dream.

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      1. RWFA

        Here’s Travis climbing aboard Eric B’s dead shame train like it’s a righteous thing.

        But one must wonder if you are a complete dolt or just play one here.

        Farley was transparent that he was using the profit that used to subsidize money losing sedans to upgrade and transform the business.

        Where else do you think that money is going to come from (even as ford has cut their long term net debt?) it’s no secret, it comes from operations.

        Let’s try to give you a bit of perspective, by way of a quiz…

        Q: What financed the growth of Ford Motor as things got rolling a century ago? What financed Ford’s entry into tractors, medium and heavy duty trucks? Aircraft?

        A: Profits from operations. The Model-T and later cash cows paid for all that.

        Do many idiots hear with the Henry would be spinning comments, leading to the inevitable strophe and antistrophe of the “fire Farley” chorus, even realize that Farley is channeling profits in the way Henry did?

        Clearly not. Some it’s because this is beyond their relationship to history and business practice and others it’s not but they have some murky workmanlike hidden agenda to stall Ford’s plans or make a short selling profit. (They used to climax by suggesting to sell Ford stock but have moved off that talking point more recently.)

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    2. RWFA

      It’s not clear who is bankrolling them but there are several bad faith posters here all repeating the same FUD talking points.

      They are attacking Ford because as the maker of the best selling vehicle for what, 40 years, what it does moves competitors. They use FUD, patriotism, political orientation, mis truths, and the stupidest of children’s logic, basically anything to try and break the trend.

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  19. Richard A. Miller

    My 2018 Ford F-150 That I bought from a Ford dealer in Lebanon, N. H. Has had issues with the door unlocking/ locking and doors latching. I bought the ford in Nov. Of 2001 and in I had to have the back up camera replaced within two weeks. Dec 2nd we had a freezing rain storm and the doors wouldn’t unlock and when they did unlock the doors wouldn’t latch. I have had five more episodes of this happening since always in cold weather. I called Lebanon Ford the first time it happened and they said they were in inundated with calls of people having issues and for me to just wait until it warmed up. I had an emergency one morning and couldn’t get the doors to latch and lock so I had to use a bungee cord to hold the doors shut. Very dangerous situation wouldn’t you think? I have read were a lot of people are the same problems in the cold regions of the country, and the issues date all the way back to 2015 and yet Ford chooses to ignore the problem. Why? Are they waiting for someone to get hurt or killed?

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  20. Samuel

    And this why a couple of major manufacturers recently shunned EVs, because the numbers showed they would fail and impact overall quality. Looking at their numbers they made the right choice to shun EVs. Farley is learning some hard lessons.

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  21. Kenny D

    Nice to See that BMW is holding their own???? And Mercedes at their Price Point in the Market are Waving the RED Flag nice and hi also. Folks, there is no one manufacture that is safe from all this Recall Stuff. They are All Sleeping in Glass Houses!!! The whole of the Auto Industry is in a real Mess Nowa Days. So, just hope and pray that the recalls slow a little and that the Quality starts to Improve, or we are All in a Sinking Ship that has No Life Boats Attached! Good Chat Folks.

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