2022 models are impacted too.
The Ford F-Series line of trucks once again dominated rivals to emerge as the best-selling truck lineup for the 45th consecutive year. It's an unprecedented achievement considering that the competition is tougher than ever. There are a few downsides that come with selling so many trucks, however. For example, when something goes wrong and there is a recall, thousands of customers are likely to be affected. That's the case with a new recall affecting 2021 and 2022 Ford F-150 pickups, whereby a driveshaft issue has been found that could impact nearly 185,000 of these Fords. Even worse, the recall could potentially delay new F-150 orders, possibly including the F-150 Raptor.
The recall is described as a damaged driveshaft that could fracture. "Underbody heat and noise insulators may loosen and contact the aluminum driveshaft, which could damage the driveshaft and cause it to fracture," as outlined on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website.
The issue pertains to 4x4 models with the Crew Cab body style and 145-inch wheelbase - that would include the Raptor. Although the Raptor has not been officially mentioned in the recall, an already in-demand vehicle could be even harder to come by as Ford works to remedy the driveshaft issue.
Owner notification letters are due to be mailed by January 31, 2022. Customers can expect an inspection and a driveshaft repair if required, which will be free of charge.
Already in 2021, the F-150 has seen numerous delays due to the ongoing chip shortage. The last thing Ford wants is any other issue that could prevent the truck from reaching buyers on time. Unfortunately, this isn't the only recall that has affected the F-150 in 2021.
Others listed on the NHTSA website include issues with the front seatbelt, the electronic brake booster, and damaged steering gear. For 2022, the F-150 received a host of changes like the removal of the Power Stroke diesel engine, new colors, and new packages. Hopefully, the recall gets remedied sooner rather than later so that production timelines are not impacted.