Ford to Recall 870,000 F-150 Trucks Due to Parking Brake Issues
July 28, 2023: Ford Motor has announced a recall of approximately 870,000 F-150 pickup trucks due to a potential problem with the parking brake. The issue involves a faulty parking brake that could activate on its own while the vehicle is in motion, potentially leading to loss of control for the driver. The affected models are from the years 2021 to 2023.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) brought attention to damages in the wiring of some F-150s, which can trigger the parking brake unexpectedly while driving, resulting in potential crashes and accidents. Drivers might notice a warning light on the vehicle’s panel indicating the brake issue.
To address the problem, Ford plans to implement a solution that involves installing a protective tie strap and tape wrap on the brake wiring. If necessary, the rear axle wiring harness will also be replaced. The repairs will be conducted at Ford and Lincoln dealerships free of charge for the affected vehicle owners. Those who have already paid for fixing the problem can seek reimbursement from Ford by submitting the necessary paperwork before September 11, 2024.
Ford has indicated that there have been no reported crashes or injuries related to this issue. The company initiated an investigation into the parking brake problem in February and found that chafing of the rear axle wiring harness assembly over time could lead to exposure of copper wiring, potentially grounding circuits on the rear axle housing.
For F-150 owners concerned about the recall, Ford can be reached at (866) 436-7332, using reference number 23S35. Alternatively, the NHTSA can be contacted at (888) 327-4236.
This recall emphasizes the importance of prompt action to address potential safety concerns. Vehicle owners should stay informed about recalls and promptly follow manufacturers’ instructions for necessary repairs. Taking swift action can prevent possible a