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Ford recalls more than 112,000 F-150s for roll away risk

Rear Axle Hub Bolt May Break
Damaged axle hub splines can result in a vehicle roll away when the vehicle is in park without the parking brake applied, or cause a loss of drive power. Both of these conditions can increase the risk of a crash.

DECEMBER 2023 — CNN.com — Ford is recalling 112,965 F-150s pickup trucks because of a rear axle hub bolt that can be a roll away risk if it’s damaged.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the recall affects F-150 vehicles with model years 2021 through 2023 that are equipped with the Trailer Tow Max Duty package.

The agency’s alert said that the rear axle hub bolt might “fatigue and break, which can result in damage to the axle hub splines.” As a result of the damage, it “can result in a vehicle roll away when the vehicle is in park without the parking brake applied, or cause a loss of drive power.”

Those issues can “increase the risk of a crash,” the NHTSA said.

A fix is “currently under development,” and the agency said that F-150 owners can take the vehicle to a dealership for an interim repair if they hear a clicking or rattling noise associated with the rear axle bolt.

Letters to F-150 owners are going to be mailed at the end of January. Ford’s recall number for this is 23S65.

RECALLED VEHICLES
2021-2023 Ford F-150


NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V896000
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 112,965
Report Receipt Date: December 22, 2023

Rear Axle Hub Bolt May Break
Damaged axle hub splines can result in a vehicle roll away when the vehicle is in park without the parking brake applied, or cause a loss of drive power. Both of these conditions can increase the risk of a crash.

DECEMBER 2023 — Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2021-2023 F-150 vehicles equipped with the Trailer Tow Max Duty package and a 9.75-inch heavy duty axle with a 3/4 float axle design. The rear axle hub bolt may fatigue and break, which can result in damage to the axle hub splines. The remedy is currently under development. Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer for an interim repair if they experience symptoms related to rear axle bolt breakage, such as a clicking or rattling noise. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 29, 2024. Ford’s number for this recall is 23S65.


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