Consumer Alert: Two Ford Recalls
February 26, 2021
Earlier this week, Ford Motor Company issued two separate nationwide recalls. The first is a safety compliance recall that involves approximately 80,000 2020-2021 Ford F-Series and Super Duty vehicles. The manufacturer is recalling these vehicles for the failure to comply with certain Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). The second recall, which is a general safety recall, includes nearly 10,000 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles that the manufacturer mislabeled with overstated payload capacities.
2020-2021 Ford F-Series and Super Duty Recall
Ford is recalling 2021 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the company’s Dearborn Truck Plant between October 27th, 2020 and February 3rd, 2021. In addition, the manufacturer is also recalling 2020-2021 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from October 13th, 2020 to February 3rd, 2021. The affected F-150 and Super Duty vehicles have front windshields that are not adequately bonded to the vehicle’s body structure, which greatly increases the risk for injury to drivers and passengers should a crash occur.
Ford says they will begin notifying owners the week of April 6th. Vehicle owners will be able to bring their recalled vehicles to certified Ford dealerships, where the dealer will then remove and reinstall the windshield in order to meet safety compliance standards. The reference number for this recall is 21C06.
2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Recall
Ford is also recalling approximately 10,000 of its 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles with 6.7-liter engines. The manufacturer labeled these vehicles with incorrect payload information, which overstates vehicular capacities for:
- Tire and loading weight limits
- Accessory reserve capacity values
- Weight values on truck camper loading documentation
Ford manufactured the vehicles included in this safety compliance recall between May 13th, 2019 and September 19th, 2020. There are several risks for individuals who own these recalled vehicles. If the vehicles are loaded to their stated (incorrect) capacities, it could result in exceeding gross vehicle weight and gross axle weight ratings, suspension overload, and an overload of tire capacities. Together, these issues would necessitate an increased stopping distance, which heightens collision and accident risks.
Ford will begin notifying owners the week of March 22nd. According to a statement from the company, dealers will replace the safety certification label, the tire and loading information label, and if necessary, the truck camper loading documentation. The reference number for this recall is 21S06.
Manufacturers, supplies, and sellers have a duty to produce or sell safe products. Although Ford has not received any accident or injury reports associated with either recall, the vehicle defects pose an array of serious dangers for consumers. If you own a recalled Ford F-Series or Super Duty vehicle, contact your local dealership to determine the best way to proceed. If you were in an accident and sustained injuries resulting from a vehicle defect, someone at our firm can help. To learn more, contact a representative online now.
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