Ford Motor is recalling nearly 185,000 F-150 pickup trucks over an issue with the vehicle’s driveshaft that could increase the risk of a crash, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators this month.
The company received 27 reports (until Dec. 7) of fractured aluminum driveshafts, although “it is not aware of any injuries or crashes related to the issue”, says Ford.
The recall of 184,698 units from model years 2021 and 2022 that may be affected is due to an issue in which “underbody heat and noise insulators may loosen and contact the aluminum driveshaft, which could damage the driveshaft and cause it to fracture” according to the safety recall.
According to the recall notice, a fractured driveshaft “could cause the loss of drive power, or the loss of vehicle control if the driveshaft comes into contact with the ground”. “Additionally, unintended movement could occur while parked if the parking brake is not engaged. Any of these scenarios can increase the risk of a crash.”