Ford has initiated a recall of approximately 113,000 of its highly popular F-150 pickup trucks due to a concerning issue involving the rear axle hub bolt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) flagged this problem, citing the potential risk it poses for an increased likelihood of crashes.
According to the NHTSA, the problem arises from a possible fatigue and breakage of the rear axle hub bolt. If this bolt were to break, it could lead to damage to the axle hub spline, which in turn might result in the vehicle rolling away when parked without the application of the parking brake. Additionally, it could cause a loss of drive power while in operation.
The affected vehicles encompass 112,965 F-150 trucks spanning model years 2021 through 2023. Specifically, the trucks impacted by this issue are those equipped with the Trailer Tow Max Duty package and certain heavy-duty axle specifications.
While Ford has not received reports of any accidents or injuries arising from this rear axle hub bolt problem, they are actively working on a solution in coordination with the NHTSA. The company intends to provide comprehensive details about the final service resolution to dealers and customers shortly.
In the interim, Ford advises customers to utilize the electronic parking brake as a precautionary measure. If customers encounter the described issue, Ford recommends visiting a dealership promptly for the replacement of both axle shaft assemblies. This proactive approach aims to ensure the safety and well-being of F-150 owners while the company finalizes the remedy for this identified concern.