Ford announced it would recall 83,250 vehicles involving an installation defect of the halfshaft retention circlip. During the manufacturing of the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed as designed. As a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning.
If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in ‘Park’, increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
The following vehicles and model years are affected by this recall:
- 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013
- 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013
- 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673. Ford’s number for this recall is 14S10.
Previously in May 2014, Ford recalled 1,176,771 vehicles in two separate actions due to air bag and door defects.
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