DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model-year 2021-2022 pickup trucks and large sport utility vehicles (SUV) to address potential issues with their trailer-brake functionality.
The recall population covers 391,836 2021-2022 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, 2022 Ford F-250/F-350/F-450/F-550 pickup trucks, 2022 Ford Maverick pickup trucks, 2022 Ford Expedition SUVs and 2022 Lincoln Navigator SUVs manufactured between Feb. 2021 and Feb. 2022.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-193 the problem centers on software problems within the integrated trailer-brake controller.
“The trailer brake controller may not properly apply the trailer brakes when towing a trailer equipped with an electric or electric-over-hydraulic brake system.”
The report stated the safety issue as, “Loss of trailer brake functionality could result in extended stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The remedy is the control-unit software being updated at a franchised Ford or Lincoln dealer.
A stop-ship order was promulgated Feb. 12, 2022, on vehicles remaining in company inventory until they had their control-units’ software updated.
Dealers were scheduled to be notified about the recall March 29th with owners scheduled to receive notification no later than April 18th.