Ford Is Recalling Thousands of F-150 Pickup Trucks Due to Rear Axle Issues

( — The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week announced a recall of 112,965 Ford F-150 pickup trucks over a roll-away risk due to a possible damaged hub bolt in the rear axle, CNN reported.

In its January 2 alert, NHTSA said the recall is for the F-150 model years 2021, 2022, and 2023, which include the Trailer Tow Max Duty package.

According to Ford Motor Company, which reported the problem on December 22, the rear axle hub bolt could suffer fatigue and eventually break, resulting in “damage to the axle hub splines.”

Such damage could result in a roll-away risk when the truck is in park and the parking brake is not applied, “or cause a loss of drive power,” both of which could “increase the risk of a crash,” according to the NHTSA alert.

Ford is currently developing a fix for the problem. In the meantime, owners of affected F-150s should take their vehicles to a Ford dealership for an interim repair, particularly if clicking or rattling noises are heard involving the rear axle bolt.

F-150 owners are expected to receive a letter from Ford at the end of the month. However, owners can contact Ford customer service (866-436-7332) with questions. The recall number associated with this recall is 23S65.

A spokesperson for the automaker told CNN that Ford was currently working on the problem and the fix would be shared with customers and dealerships “soon.”

This is the second Ford F-150 recall in less than six months.

In July, Ford recalled more than 870,000 full-size F-150s due to a problem with the electronic parking brake, which could cause it to unexpectedly engage at any time, including while the vehicle was in drive.

Like the current recall, the July recall applied to F-150 models from 2021 through 2023 that featured a single-pipe exhaust system.

In affected vehicles, a wiring harness could rub against the rear axle housing, wearing away the outer insulation.

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