Ford recalls 450,000 F-150 trucks over possible wiper motor failure
Ford has issued a recall for certain 2021-2022 F-150 trucks. The front wiper motor could fail, leaving the windshield wipers inoperative, which could result in an accident. The recall affects 453,650 trucks.
The recall does not affect models built at the company’s Dearborn Truck Plant from May 3, 2021 through September 10, 2021. During this time, Ford manufactured these trucks with a different wiper motor design in due to pandemic-induced microchip shortages. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue. However, the automaker said it is aware of 1,378 warranty reports worldwide related to inoperative or intermittently operating windshield wipers.
Ford will contact owners of affected trucks, with the automaker sending notification letters to owners on January 3, 2023. Dealers will replace the front wiper motor free of charge.
The 2021 microchip shortage crippled much of the industry as automakers struggled to build vehicles. Ford had to suspend some vehicle production, putting the Mustang on a brief hiatus, and make F-150 pickups with missing features. And that was in addition to high demand for trucks consumers who flocked to the new pickup, which Ford redesigned for the 2021 model year. General Motors also struggled with production, idling the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra manufacturing plant.
Ford has had to issue several recalls this year, including several for the F-150. In September, the Blue Oval recalled certain F-150 Raptors for loose lug nuts. In June, FoMoCo published a safety compliance reminder for electric F-150 Lightning. The truck’s tire pressure monitoring system on models equipped with 20 or 22 inch wheels may not have turned on.
Ford recalled the F-150 and several other vehicles earlier this year for faulty wiper blades. However, the 600,000 cars affected by the new recall were not covered by the previous one, which also involved the Expedition, Super Duty and Lincoln Navigator. It was a tough year for the Dearborn-based automaker, which had to recall thousands of popular models like the Mustang Mach-E, Bronco and Maverick.