TNI || New Delhi || 3rd March 2022
A total of nearly 250,000 Ford F-250 and F-350 SuperCab and Crew Cab pickup trucks are being recalled due to the possibility of a driveshaft breakdown.
All of the trucks in question are powered by gasoline engines and have aluminium driveshafts. According to Ford, heat under the body and noise insulators could loosen and impact the aluminium driveshaft, resulting in damage and a fracture.
The vehicles happen to be from 2017 to 2022. As per the company, this presents a safety risk.
A cracked driveshaft can cause loss of motive power while driving, unplanned vehicle movement when it is in park with the parking brake not engaged, and additional damage to nearby components.
A shattered driveshaft may potentially come into contact with the ground, causing the vehicle to lose control while moving.
In a notification submitted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker stated that a cracked driveshaft raises the chances of injury or crash.
According to Ford, the failure is exacerbated by the insulators’ loosening and drooping due to insufficient adhesion to the underbody.
The automaker began receiving reports of the problem in December and started researching the situation in January, seeking complaints of broken driveshafts in its trucks.
It was discovered that the issue was limited to Super Duty trucks manufactured between 2017 and 2022.
Ford says it received 40 reports indicating cracked driveshafts possibly connected to drooping passenger-side underbody insulators from July 28, 2017 to November 15, 2021.
All of the vehicles involved were Super Duty SuperCab and Crew Cab trucks with aluminum driveshafts. According to Ford, no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this problem.
The automaker expects to notify truck owners in early April. A Ford dealer will examine and repair the driveshaft, as well as appropriately connect the underbody insulators, at no expense.