Ford Recalls Almost 2,900 F-150 Lightening EV Trucks Due To Tire Pressure Settings
The new Ford F-150 Lightning EV has only begun to trickle onto dealer lots and customer hands, but it’s already the subject of a recall.
As reported by Automotive News, Ford announced that it will be recalling about 2,900 F-150 Lightning EVs, because of a software glitch. If left unchecked, the electric truck could fail to warn drivers about low tire pressure. The software glitch could cause the low tire pressure warning to not activate when intended, either. 2,666 of the affected trucks are in the United States, and 220 are in Canada.
Ford says that the F-150 Lightning’s default tire pressure had been incorrectly set in the computer; 35PSI instead of the truck’s actual rating of 42PSI. Thus, particularly in cold weather, there’s a big plausible chance that a tire could be low, and the driver wouldn’t even know it.
Unlike the Toyota BZ4X and Subaru Solterra recalls, Ford has not told F150 Lightning owners to park their trucks and wait for a remedy. A fix is already available at any Ford dealer, via a body control module (BCM) reprogramming. Vehicle computer programming takes about 20 minutes. If driving to a dealer is too complicated, then Ford says that an over-the-air update fixing this issue will be pushed to all F-150 Lightning within 30 days.
A low tire could lead to poor handling, and an increased risk of a loss of control, but the automaker also has said no crashes, injuries, or deaths have been linked to this recall.
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Kevin has been obsessed with cars ever since he could talk. He even learned to read partially by learning and reading the makes and models on the back of cars, only fueling his obsession. Today, he is an automotive journalist and member of the Automotive Press Association. He is well-versed in electrification, hybrid cars, and vehicle maintenance.
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