Ford Transit Among Those Affected in Three Separate Recalls

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Ford has announced three separate recalls affecting various models, with the largest encompassing 400,000 Transit vans.

The Transit recall affects 2015-2017 model year Transit van and bus vehicles with medium, long, and extended wheelbases and chassis cab/cutaways with medium wheelbases. The recall is to replace the driveshaft flexible coupling and it could become cracked. Ford says in the affected vehicles, continuing to operate a vehicle with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power while driving or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied. Separation of the driveshaft can also cause secondary damage to surrounding components, including brake and fuel lines. A driveshaft separation may increase the risk of an injury or crash, although Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

The recall affects approximately 370,630 vehicles in the U.S., 2,361 in federalized territories, 3,217 in Mexico, and 26,254 in Canada.

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The second recall affects four Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles in the U.S. and is to repair second row attachment studs. Ford says in the affected vehicles, seats with missing inboard attachments may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. The American automaker is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue and the affected vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant on January 20, 2017.

The third recall affects the 2016 Ford Escape, with three units in the U.S. The recall is to replace driver knee airbag modules, which may be causing the airbag cushion to not inflate as intended due to the lack of inflator gas generant material. An incomplete airbag fill during a commanded deployment may increase the risk of an injury to the driver in a crash. The affected vehicles were built at Louisville Assembly Plant on December 18, 2015.

Ford will reach out to owners of affected vehicles with instructions on how to proceed.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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