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Ford recalls 318,000 vehicles for various issues

Crown Vic, Grand Marquis, F-Series, Transit under recall with different problems

Published: December 22, 2015, 1:30 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 1:19 PM

Ford Crown Victoria

Ford is recalling some 318,000 vehicles to address a variety of problems.

Among the recalled vehicles are the now defunct Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis full-size rear-wheel drive sedans that were common to police and taxi services, and some still are. The company is recalling 312,814 cars from the 2003-2005 model years for a headlight lighting control module that might lead to a solder joint failure and cause the headlights to stop functioning, which could lead to a nighttime crash. Of the vehicles affected in North America, all were built in St. Thomas, Ontario and 14,714 are in Canada, 296,004 in the United States and 2,096 in Mexico. Ford is aware of 11 incidents, one of which resulted in a minor injury.

Ford F-150 PlatinumDubbed the Oil Patch Cadillac, a Ford F-150 Platinum says you’re arrived – and you’ve brought your toys with you. All-new for 2015, Ford engineers specified lightweight aluminum body panels to help shed some 300 kg of mass (although its barely lighter than GM’s full-size pickups). The military-grade alloys are made in a variety of thicknesses to ensure durability as well as lightness. Less mass means more payload and towing capacity – a robust 11,100 pounds in Platinum trim – thanks to the full ladder-type frame that uses more high-strength steel than the outgoing model did. - Dubbed the Oil Patch Cadillac, a Ford F-150 Platinum says you’re arrived – and you’ve brought your toys with you. All-new for 2015, Ford engineers specified lightweight aluminum body panels to help shed some 300 kg of mass (although its barely lighter than GM’s full-size pickups). The military-grade alloys are made in a variety of thicknesses to ensure durability as well as lightness. Less mass means more payload and towing capacity – a robust 11,100 pounds in Platinum trim – thanks to the full ladder-type frame that uses more high-strength steel than the outgoing model did.

Ford is also recalling 3,218 Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickups from 2015 (555 in Canada, 2,590 in the US and 73 in Mexico) to inspect and replace the front seatbelt retractor and pretensioner assembly that could possibly not properly restrain occupants in crash situations. The company is not aware of any incidents or injuries.

The F-Series is also the basis of another recall for its heavy duty trucks. A total of 177 F-650 and F-750 pickups from 2016 rear being brought back to dealerships to replace the rear air brake chamber that could fail if the air brake jounce hoses contact the truck’s rear axle housing during normal driving. The result could cause a leak, leading to the application of the emergency brake or diminished braking, all of which could result in a crash. Although Ford is not aware of any incidents, it is asking owners to return vehicles (10 in Canada and 167 in the US) to dealerships to inspect the brakes and lines for damage and replacement as needed, as well as to replace the rear brake air chamber.

Dodge Ram 3500 - Talk about long in the tooth: the Ford Econoline full-size van has been working the North American market largely unchanged (at least visually) since its 1975 introduction. It’s finally been pushed into retirement by the Transit, Ford’s Euro-design utility van that’s been the segment's best-seller overseas for 40 years. Available in short, medium and long wheelbase configurations, as well as a bunch of cargo and seating capacities, the box-on-wheels Transit also offers a very substantial tow rating of up to 3,400 kg (7,500 pounds).

The final model being recalled is the 2015 Transit van, specifically the dual rear-wheel drive models, in order to replace rear axle shafts. The recall affects 1,265 vans, 95 of which are in Canada and the rest in the US, though Ford is not aware of any incidents or injuries. In affected vehicles, the axle shafts could fracture, causing a loss of power or unexpected vehicle movement even when the vehicle transmission is in park (without the emergency brake engaged). Dealers will replace both axle shafts.