Ford Motor Company has announced the recall of nearly 185,000 F-150 pickup trucks from the 2021 and 2022 model years to fix a problem where the driveshaft may be damaged by loose panels.
According to Consumer Reports, heat and noise insulation panels could come loose and impact the aluminum driveshaft, which could cause it to fracture resulting in the truck losing power.
Recall to Fix Loose Panels
The loose panels could damage the vehicle driveshafts. As a result, the driver could lose control of the vehicle if the driveshaft comes in contact with the ground. In addition, if the driver parks the F-150 without using the parking brake, the truck could also roll away.
The affected vehicles are 4×4, 145-inch wheelbase Crew Cab configurations with 302A and above equipment group and sound insulation package that are equipped with an aluminum driveshaft.
Ford says it has received 27 reports of fractured driveshafts related to loose insulation panels. The automaker says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem. Ford will begin notifying vehicle owners starting Jan. 13. Once the recall begins, dealers will inspect and repair the driveshaft as necessary and properly attack the underbody insulators at no cost to consumers. If you have questions or concerns about this recall, call Ford at 866-436-7332.
The driveshaft is an important part of your vehicle, which rotates and delivers power to the engine and turns the wheels of the vehicle. It also creates torque that makes the car move in addition to stopping the vehicle. A vehicle cannot function safely and effectively without a driveshaft that is not working properly.
In fact, driving a vehicle with a defective or damaged driveshaft can be dangerous. If you spot any signs of trouble, it is important that you take your vehicle to a certified mechanic for immediate inspection and repair, if necessary. If your vehicle is part of this recall involving loose panels, take it to the dealership right away for a free repair.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these or other auto defects, you may be able to file an auto product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.