Ford recalls 33,000 2019 Super Duty and 10,655 2020 Explorer

Pickups may have faulty rear half shafts; Explorer wiring harness badly routed

Published: October 2, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:51 PM

Ford F-250 Super Duty

Ford is recalling about 33,000 F-Series Super Duty pickups over issues with a rear half-shaft and over 10,500 Explorers to deal with an improperly secured wiring harness.

The 2019 F-Series SD pickups may have a passenger side rear axle shaft that was manufactured from steel that does not meet Ford’s specifications. As such, it may fracture, which would result in a loss of power (in rear-wheel drive mode) and the inability to hold the vehicle when the emergency brake is not applied, at which point the vehicle could roll away (though Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue).

The recall affects 28,579 trucks in the US and federalized territories, 4,316 in Canada and 73 in Mexico. Dealers will replace the passenger side rear axle shaft on vehicles with the suspected batch code, and will inspect all others. Until their vehicles are inspected, customers are asked to ensure the emergency brake is set when the vehicle is parked.

Ford Explorers from model year 2020, powered by the 2.3-litre and 3.3-litre engines may have a wiring harness that is not properly secured, allowing to contact the air-conditioning pulley. This could damage the air-conditioning belt and/or the wiring harness, which, over time, could wear away the wire insulation and contact the unfused B+ circuit, which could lead to a short circuit or a fire.

Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the condition in the 10,655 vehicles located in the US, the majority of which are still in dealer inventories.

Dealers will secure the wiring harness properly and repair any damage. Dealer inventory vehicles will be repaired before delivery to customers.

Ford is also adding 9,350 2020 Ford Escape crossovers to a recall that had last month affected 550,186 vehicles (2018-20 Ford F-150, 2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty, 2018-20 Ford Explorer, 2019-20 Ford Expedition and 2020 Lincoln Aviator).

On affected vehicles, one of the rear seat pawls that stop the seatback from moving unintentionally may be missing, which would mean the seatback may not secure a passenger properly in a crash. The majority of vehicles are still in dealer inventories and will be repaired before delivery.