The plants that make the Ford F-Series pickups aren’t having the best time lately. The trucks were part of Ford’s recall of more than 600,000 due to a windshield wiper motor problem, one of three recalls affecting super-duty pickups so far in 2022 alone, while the F-150 hit two recalls this year. Starting with the 2022 F-150, the most recent action is the result of the steering column wires that can be very small. If the column is extended to its full length, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that “damaged or isolated wires may result in the steering column not moving as intended in certain crash situations.”
The 19,175 F-150 units built between September 14, 2021 and February 25, 2022 at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant and between October 21, 2021 and February 24, 2022 at the Ford Kansas City plant were potentially affected. Ford will begin contacting owners on May 9. There will be a trip to the dealer to inspect the column wiring harness and repair if necessary. Until then, F-150 drivers can check the Call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information and specify the recall number 22S24. Owners can contact the NHTSA Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 for reference campaign number 22V253000, or visit the NHTSA site at www.safercar.gov.
In terms of heavy tariffs, the 2020 Ford Super Duty Roll with 6.7-liter power stroke diesel is being withdrawn for the possibility of going away. A washer of a ten-speed transmission may become disconnected, the remnants of which may interfere with the park mechanism. If the transmission is prevented from moving properly in the park, the pickup may move. 23,615 super-duty units were potentially affected at the Ford Kentucky truck plant between October 1, 2019 and September 21, 2020, and at the Ford Ohio plant between October 30, 2019 and July 23, 2020.
Ford will start sending letters to owners from May 30. Having a trip to the dealer for a new gearset if needed. Owners can contact Ford to withdraw the 22S22 number, or contact the NHTSA with the campaign number 22V256000.