F-150 Recall: Potentially Faulty Bolt Raises Safety Concerns

Ford is recalling 112,965 2021-2023 F-150 trucks due to a potential rear axle hub bolt failure that could increase the risk of a crash.

The issue: The rear axle hub bolt in affected vehicles may fatigue and break, damaging the axle hub splines. This can lead to:

  • Unintended vehicle movement in park: If the electronic parking brake isn’t engaged, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of injury or damage.
  • Loss of motive power: In 4X2 mode, the vehicle may lose power and be unable to move.

Affected vehicles:

  • 2021-2023 Ford F-150s
  • Equipped with the Trailer Tow Max Duty package and a 9.75-inch heavy-duty axle
  • Built between January 28, 2020, and December 25, 2022

What to do:

  • Ford is still working on a permanent fix.
  • If you experience clicking or rattling noises, take your vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer for an interim repair. This service will be free.
  • Ford will notify owners by mail with further instructions.
  • You can also contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

Additional notes:

  • The recall number is 23S65.
  • The NHTSA campaign number is 23V896.
  • More information is available on the NHTSA website.

This recall is important for the safety of you and others. Please take action if your vehicle is affected.

  • January 16, 2024: Ford notifies dealers.
  • January 29-February 2, 2024: Owner notification letters mailed.

Additional Resources:

By taking swift action and adhering to the recall instructions, F-150 owners can ensure their safety and minimize the potential risks associated with this issue.


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