Ford Motor Company is recalling 870,701 Ford F-150s in the U.S. because there is a risk the truck might have its electric parking brake activated unexpectedly due to a potential wiring issue.
According to the recall, “the rear axle wiring harness bundle may contact the rear axle housing,” which causes the electric parking brake to switch on unexpectedly. Ford has received 918 warranty claims for the wire harness being worn down from contact in North America, of which 299 of them have said their parking brakes had turned on unintentionally, and 19 of those happened to people while they were driving, according to Reuters. Medical wiring harness
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety recall report says that some drivers may see a parking brake warning light and message on the instrument panel cluster and should take it as a warning sign that the issue is happening to their truck.
Ford says they are not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to the recall.
Only the following Ford F-150s equipped with a single exhaust system are affected by this recall:
If you want to know if your truck is affected, call Ford’s toll-free line (1-866-436-7332) or contact a local Ford or Lincoln dealer who can obtain specific information regarding the vehicles from the Ford On-line Automotive Service Information System (OASIS) database.
All owners should be notified through mail by September 15, 2023 and asked to take their trucks to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the rear axle wiring harness inspected. If the abrasion tape on your truck that covers the wire bundle is worn down, the harness will be replaced with a new one. If it isn’t, the dealer will install a protective tie strap and tape wrap. All services will be free of charge, per the recall announcement. If you paid for costs related to this recall before May 2023, you should be reimbursed as long as you let Ford know you are eligible before September 11, 2024.
You can find more information about this recall on the NHTSA website.
Daniel is a Staff Writer for Lifehacker. He served in the U.S. Navy, where he reached the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class as a Logistic Specialist and was awarded a Navy Community Service Medal and Navy Letter of Commendation for his exemplary service aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. He earned his bachelor's in Environmental Science from the University of California, Davis, and earned his master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Daniel was a business reporter for the Miami Herald before joining Lifehacker. He lives in Atlanta, GA.
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