Ford is due to recall nearly 185,000 2021-2022 F-150 pickup trucks due to a problem with the driveshaft. Stubborn components could potentially touch the driveshaft, which is responsible for transferring torque, and cause it to break.
In a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the automaker explains that the thermal and sound insulators under the vehicle could loosen and come into contact with the aluminum driveshaft and potentially damage it.
A damaged driveshaft could cause the engine to lose power and increase the risk of a crash, Ford said. A broken driveshaft dragging on the ground could prevent the wheels from turning properly, which could result in loss of vehicle control.
Ford said dealers will inspect and repair the driveshaft, if necessary, and fully secure any insulators found under the body. The automaker said letters to owners were to be sent on Jan.31. Dealers were notified of the problem last Tuesday.
As of December 7, Ford had received 27 incident reports of fractured aluminum driveshafts that could be linked to collapsed insulators found under the body of the F-150.
Ford said he was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.