Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for select 2023 Ford F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis models due to a moisture exposure issue.
The defect: affected vehicles are equipped with a Smart Data Link Connector module that may have been exposed to moisture, potentially leading to corrosion in the module, connector, and wire harness. The resulting corrosion may interfere with the vehicle’s Controller Area Network (CAN) communication. As a result, the Instrument Panel Cluster may be inoperative when installed by the vehicle upfitter or another vehicle modifier. As such, these vehicles may not conform to the requirements specified by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101, Controls and Displays, and FMVSS No. 105, Hydraulic and Electric Brake Systems.
The hazards: an inoperative Instrument panel cluster does not provide safety-related information to the driver and increases the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to this issue.
Components: Smart Data Link Connector module
Affected vehicles: select 2023 F-53 Class A Motorhome stripped chassis and F-59 commercial stripped chassis units assembled between July 14th, 2022 and March 29th, 2023.
Number of affected vehicles: 5,558
The fix: dealers will replace the SDLC module and splice in the pigtail connector. If corrosion is present on the wires beyond the splicing point, which is approximately the first 30 cm of the wire harness, the dealership should replace the entire wire harness. If the rubber cover for the SDLC connector is missing, it also will be replaced.
Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which are expected to begin on October 30th, 2023. The Ford reference number for this recall is 23C24.
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- FoMoCo Recall Number: 23C24
- NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.nhtsa.gov
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