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2023 Ford Bronco Recalled Over Improperly Tightened Lug Nuts

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2023 Ford Bronco models over improperly tightened lug nuts.

The defect: in affected vehicles, the lug nuts on the driver’s side wheels may have been improperly tightened.

The hazards: loose lug nuts may result in wheel detachment while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

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

Ford Bronco

Components: lug nuts

Affected vehicles: select 2023 Ford Bronco SUVs produced at the Michigan Assembly plant from February 9th, 2023, to February 13th, 2023.

Number of vehicles affected: 992

The fix: dealers will inspect, and if necessary, retighten the lug nuts, free of charge. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the remedy is completed.

Ford Bronco

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on May 1st, 2023. The Ford reference number for this recall is 23S17.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 23S17
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. crabbymilton

    Can’t handle a simple thing like that so what makes anyone think they’ll be able to make sure BEV’s are gonna work?

    1. Anonymous

      They’ve already had recalls on the Mach-e. Just like Tesla has had recalls, Toyota/Subaru have had recalls on their EV, GM has had recalls on their EVs, Hyundai/Kia has EV recalls, and so on. No automaker is immune from recalls whether ICE or EV…that’s just the way the industry works. As EV production increases exponentially in the next 5-10 years there will be more recalls.

    2. RWFA


      Toyota/Subaru literally had 2 recalls on the same batch of new BEV cars because the front wheels were literally falling off due to loose lug nuts in production.

      Then the repair was done wrong and they all were recalled again to tighten them again.

  2. Crabbymilton

    So that excuses bad quality and employees that don’t give a turd?

    1. RWFA

      That’s a silly stretch of a conclusion Crabby. It’s unfair tbqh.

      1. crabbymilton

        Why is it silly and unfair. FORD is having serious problems so somewhere along the line, people aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing in terms of their job.

  3. DRW

    So I am advised not to drive the vehicle until repairs are made, but notification comes out starting May 1 and then who knows how long until the dealer can get to the vehicle to fix it. Sure, I can just park my car for a couple weeks. Didn’t need it anyway.

  4. Oliver65

    What the heck is going on at the MAP plant ? They Slacking over there not good . And then wonder why manufacturers send production overseas. The UAW need to take pride in there craftsmanship this is ridiculous.

    1. RWFA

      Another silly stretch of a conclusion.

  5. wjtinfwb

    Easy…. people. Assembly plants use mostly automated processes to install heavy components like wheel/tire assemblies, those processes use a multi-lug gun to tighten all lugs to a pre-set specification. It’s not Fred, working off a hangover with a lug wrench anymore. Supposing the machine got out of spec somehow and it was caught after just a couple of days. I don’t know why Ford would recommend holding off on visiting your dealer however, unless they’re planning to replace the nuts out of additional caution.

    1. RWFA

      This is fact. To be quite honest there are tooling engineers assigned to ensure that torque control is managed on all the devices that tighten threaded fasteners.

      It will be interesting to see the verbatim in the 573 report.

      1. Thomas

        Drama after drama no conclusions
        RWFA what do you expect us to praise Ford for such elementary things

    2. GaryB

      “It’s not Fred, working off a hangover with a lug wrench anymore. ”
      wellll….. the recall is the week after the superbowl. and mine happened to go into production the 13th, built the 14th, and at the dealer the 16th. Suppose ill be getting a call. In the meantime, just going to get my torque wrench out and tighten those lugs myself.


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