July 16, 2021 – Ford Motor Company today announced details of three safety recalls in North America. Safety recall for certain 2020-2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles with the 6.7-litre engine and single rear wheel axle for a rear axle housing spring seat interface weld issue.
Safety recall for select 2013-2017 Ford Explorer vehicles that may experience a seized cross-axis ball joint
Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 774,696 2013-2017 Ford Explorer vehicles 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.
Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 34,939 Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles with the 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.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.
Owner notifications will begin the week of Aug. 16. Dealers will inspect the rear axle to determine if the deformation is present. If the axle is deformed, the axle housing will be replaced. If the axle is not deformed, the dealer will perform a weld repair on the spring seats. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S31.
This action affects approximately 676,152 vehicles in North America, 59,935 in China, 25,257 in Ford’s International Markets Group, 13,162 in Europe and 190 in South America. 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 relatively high humidity and substantial road salt use.
Vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant between Sept. 4, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2017, and Elabuga Assembly Plant in Russia between Jan. 28, 2013, and July 28, 2017.