Ford recently issued two recalls impacting its F-Series pickups.
The first recall is for certain 2015-2017 F-Series trucks over concerns that a door handle cover may cause the door to unlatch in an accident.
The door handle accessory was available on certain 2015-2017 F-150 and 2017 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks. In the event of a side impact collision, these door handle covers may malfunction and cause the door to unlatch.
Ford reported that 14,410 trucks are affected. These include trucks originally produced with black or body colored exterior door handles equipped with a chrome exterior door handle cover.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will remove the accessory covers and refund the purchase price. The recall began July 21. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for the recall is 17C09.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov. Refer to NHTSA campaign number 17V331000.
The second recall pertains to certain 2014 F-150 trucks and 2014 E-Series vans affected by improperly tempered seat, seatback, seatbelt and/or seatbelt buckle attaching bolts.
In affected vehicles, if a seat, seatback or seatbelt anchor attaching bolt fractures, the structural integrity of the seat or the seatbelt system’s performance may be compromised in a sudden stop or crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Dealers will replace affected bolts at no cost to the customer.
Affected 2014 F-150s were built at Dearborn Assembly Plant from May 9, 2014 to June 15, 2014 and at Kansas City Assembly Plant from May 10, 2014 to June 10, 2014.
Affected 2014 E-Series vans were built at Ohio Assembly Plant, May 15, 2014 to June 24, 2014.
The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S17.