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FORD RECALLS TRANSIT VAN FOR DRIVE SHAFT DEFECT

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 1:41 pm    

Ford recently announced another recall involving his transit van due to a potentially defective drive shaft. According to the article appearing at USA Today, a defect flexible coupling on the drive shaft could cause separation of the drive shaft cutting off power which could cause the vehicle to move while parked or cause damage to the surrounding parts. Ford stated that the recall involved 402,462 transit vans in North America including 370,630 in the United States.

The recall involves model years 2015-2017 of the transit vans which were assembled in the automakers plant in Kansas City from January 17, 2014 to June 15, 2017. Ford estimates the recall will cost approximately 142 million dollars.

Ford also stated that it had not identified any crashes or injuries as a result of this defect. However, Ford acknowledged that it has not yet figured out how to permanently fix the defect area but stated that they can repair the Transit of a vehicle that is driven for 30,000 miles. For now, Ford states that it will replace the couplings every 30,000 miles until a final repair is implemented and completed.

This recall comes on the heels of another recent recall by Ford involving nearly 2.4 million vehicles to repair doors that could fly open while the vehicle was in motion. Among the vehicles effected by that recall were the popular Ford Escape SUV (2013-2015) and the 2015 Ford Mustang.

Source: An article appearing at usatoday.com on June 28, 2017 entitled “Ford Transit Recalled: Drive Shaft Defect Costs $142 Million” by Nathan Bomey.