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Safety Recall: Ford F-350, Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator

2021 Ford F350 Super Duty red off-road
2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty. PHOTO Ford

Ford Motor Company announced details of three safety recalls in North America.

2020-2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 7,300 2020-2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles in Canada with 6.7-litre engine and single rear wheel axle for a rear axle housing spring seat interface weld issue.

Affected vehicles may experience rear driveline disconnection. Customers may experience vibration and/or shaking while driving at highway speeds, and/or shuddering upon acceleration.

In the event of a disconnected driveshaft, customers may experience loss of motive power while driving or loss of transmission park function if the parking brake is not applied, increasing the risk of a crash.

This action affects 34,855 vehicles in North America, with the remaining balance in Ford’s International Markets Group. Vehicles were built at Kentucky Truck Plant between Aug. 6, 2020 and May 15, 2021.

Owner notifications will begin the week of Aug. 16.

Dealers will inspect rear axle to determine if deformation is present. If the axle is deformed, the axle housing will be replaced. If axle is not deformed, the dealer will perform a weld repair on the spring seats.

The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S31.

2013-2017 Ford Explorer vehicles 

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 33,000 2013-2017 Ford Explorer vehicles in Canada that may experience a seized cross-axis ball joint that may cause a fractured rear suspension toe link.

Affected vehicles may experience a clunk noise, unusual handling, or a misaligned rear wheel. Fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

In the U.S., the affected vehicles are located in high-corrosion states as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or in regions with a combination of cold winter weather with relative high humidity and substantial road salt use.

Vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant between Sept. 4, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2017.

Ford is aware of six allegations of injury related to this condition in North America.

Owner notifications will begin the week of Aug. 23.

Dealers will inspect the cross-axis ball joint, replace the cross-axis ball joint/knuckle as necessary, and replace the toe links with a revised design part.

The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S32.

2020-2021 Lincoln Aviator vehicles

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 2,600 2020-2021 Lincoln Aviator vehicles in Canada equipped with 3.0-litre gas engines because the battery cable wire harness may not be properly secured, allowing contact with the A/C compressor pulley.

Over time, the A/C pulley may rub through the wire harness insulation and contact the unfused battery positive (B+) circuit, resulting in a short circuit and potential fire.

Vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant between June 19, 2019 and Jan. 5, 2021.

Owner notifications will begin the week of July 30. Dealers will inspect the vehicle, and if:

  • There is no evidence that the battery cable has contacted the A/C compressor pulley, they will add a tie strap near the frame rail between the battery cable harness and the engine compartment harness.
  • Any of the small gauge circuits are damaged, dealers will add a tie strap near the frame rail between battery cable and engine compartment harnesses and replace the A/C compressor belt.
  • Any of the four large gauge circuits are damaged, dealers will inspect the wire harness and replace the battery cable harness and will also add a tie strap near frame rail between battery cable harness and engine compartment harnesses and replace the A/C compressor belt.

The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S34.

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