Ford Recalls F-150 Trucks After Hardware Failures Create Unsafe Conditions

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American automotive manufacturer Ford has recalled over 157,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks over a dangerous hardware failure. The manufacturer announced the recall on Wednesday and says it has received over 750 complaints regarding the issue. 

If you drive a Ford F-150 truck, read on for more information regarding this recall and what you should do if your vehicle is affected. 

Which Vehicles Are Recalled

The Ford recall impacts F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between January 8, 2020, and March 22, 2021. This means most owners of new Ford F-150s will need to bring their trucks to a Ford dealership soon for repairs.

Drivers who own older F-150s won’t be impacted by this recall notice. However, buyers should be aware of this issue before they purchase any pre-owned F-150s manufactured after 2020 but before March 2021.

Reason for the Recall

Ford issued the recall after over 750 drivers complained about their windshield wiper motors failing. This might not sound like a major issue, but if your windshield wipers fail in heavy precipitation, you’ll be in a very dangerous situation. Without windshield wiper functionality, you’ll be unable to see through your windshield during a rainstorm. This makes maneuvers as simple as pulling off to the shoulder a complicated and dangerous endeavor. 

Ford says it’s unaware of any accidents or injuries that have occurred as a result of this hardware failure. However, hundreds of drivers have noticed their wiper blades no longer functioning. This sudden lack of windshield wiper functionality is alarming and can result in traffic incidents in severe weather situations.

Notifying Drivers

Ford will begin notifying drivers of affected vehicles via mail starting on April 18, 2022. Drivers who receive a notification will be instructed to take their vehicles to their nearest Ford dealership so technicians can implement repairs. This repair will be straightforward, as technicians will only need to replace the windshield wiper motor. 

The motors currently fail due to a combination of several manufacturing errors. This makes their eventual breakdown essentially inevitable, so drivers should prepare to take their F-150s to the dealership as soon as they’re notified of the recall. 

In the meantime, Ford encourages F-150 owners to limit driving in severe weather conditions. It’s impossible to predict when the hardware failure will take place, so it’s best to avoid situations where such an incident could cause an accident. Owners with questions may contact Ford at 866-436-7332.