Ford Issues Safety Recall For 2015-2017 Transit Driveshaft Flexible Coupling
400,000 Affected Vehicles Could Roll Away in Park
Ford is issuing a safety recall for about 400,000 Transit vans for an issue with the driveshaft flexible coupling.
In affected vehicles, the flexible coupling could fail, causing separation of the driveshaft. This would obviously result in total loss of motive power while driving, but it could also pose a rollaway risk for a vehicle left in Park without the parking brake engaged. Driveshaft separation can also result in secondary damage to brake and fuel lines, increasing the risk of injuries and crashes.
Ford’s field evidence suggests the driveshaft failure isn’t likely before 30,000 miles, so the company will perform an interim repair on affected vehicles at that interval until a permanent repair is available and completed. Owners will be notified of both the initial recall and the availability of a permanent repair, at which point their vehicles will be fixed at no cost.
Included in the recall are 402,462 examples of the Transit van/bus with the medium, long, and extended wheelbase and the Transit chassis cab/cutaway with the medium wheelbase. The affected vehicles were built at the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant between January 17, 2014 and June 15, 2017.
In addition to the Transit, Ford will also issue a safety compliance recall for a whopping four 2017 Police Interceptor Utility vehicles to repair second-row seat attachment studs. It will also recall a similarly paltry number of 2016 Ford Escape vehicles (three in total) to replace driver knee airbag modules. As an aside, it’s amazing we live in a time when automakers can point to single examples of production for safety recalls.