Transit Recalled to Repair Parking Brake Cable

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DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Company is recalling 24 Ford Transit vans whose parking brakes might fail due to an incorrect repair operation.

The recall covers 2015 through 2020 model year vans with dual rear wheel (DRW) setups.

Certain DRW Transits were incorrectly repaired at dealerships when a driveshaft torsional service kit intended for use on single rear wheel (SRW) vehicles were installed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-631.

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The safety problem can occur in the affected vans if the parking-brake cable comes in contact with the torsional damper shield due to insufficient clearance between cable and shield. If this occurs, Over time, parking brake cable contact with the damper shield will abrade the parking brake cable. Abrasion of the parking brake cable could result in parking-brake failure.

Parking-brake failure could lead to the vehicle not being held in place, thus creating the risk of unintended vehicle movement and the possibility of a crash.

The remedy is replacement of the incorrect cable with one having adequate clearance between it and the damper shield.

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Dealers were scheduled to be notified earlier this month, while owners are scheduled to be notified beginning Sept. 13.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.