DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Company has agreed to recall certain model-year 2022 commercial vehicle chassis configurations correct an improperly torqued rear-caliper bolts.
The 644 vehicles within the recall population, of which some two percent are considered at risk for this condition, are 343 2022 Ford F-53 recreational-vehicle stripped chassis vehicles and 301 2022 Ford F-59 commercial-vehicle stripped chassis vehicles.
The problem occurred during production, from Oct. 24 through Nov. 29, 2022, due to a worn socket which was used to secure the caliper bolts, thus reducing the effectiveness of the tool to apply torque to the caliper bolt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 23V-164 the safety risk is: “The caliper bolts may loosen over time. If one or more bolts disengage, the caliper may damage the wheel resulting in a loss of tire pressure or the caliper may damage the brake lines causing brake fluid loss in one circuit, which may result in reduced brake system performance. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.”
Ford is not aware of any warranty claims, crashes or injuries related to this issue.
The remedy includes bringing the vehicles to a franchised Ford or Lincoln dealer for a technician to inspect the bolts. If the bolts are determined to not meet torque parameters, a technician will retorque them. If the bolt heads are determined to be “rounded,” a technician will replace them.
Dealers were scheduled to be notified of the recall earlier this month. Owners are scheduled to be notified of the recall by April 13th.