No matter how dependable a manufacturer may have a reputation for being, they are still capable of building cars with unknown defects. And when those defects are found, the manufacturer will typically issue a recall to fix the problem at no cost to the consumers who have purchased those cars.
Usually, these recalls are issued by model, manufacturing date or VIN. A recall can either be issued by the manufacturer directly or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Though Ford vehicles are often thought of as reliable American-made cars, they’ve had their fair share of manufacturing issues in the past. In fact, Ford is known for having one of the biggest recalls in history. In 1980, Ford Motor recalled 21 million cars across 10 model years for a defect that caused some vehicles to slip from “park” into “reverse.” The issue was linked to 6,000 accidents and almost 100 deaths before Ford sent out a sticker for drivers to put on their dashboard as a reminder to be more cautious.
And in 1996, Ford had another absurdly high recall, landing the manufacturer the top two slots for most recalled vehicles. This time, 7.9 million cars were recalled due to faulty ignition switches, which could short circuit and actually cause a fire in the car’s steering column.
Thankfully, the manufacturer’s way of handling recalls has come a long way in the decades since — even if they haven’t been entirely exempt from manufacturing defects. Over the last several years, Ford cars have been recalled for everything from seatbelt and headlight/taillight issues to problems with the fuel system, airbags and brakes.
Models from trucks to SUVs to sedans have all been recalled over the years. We’re listing five recent recalls from Ford, so you can check to see if your vehicle is among them. And as always, be sure to check the NHTSA or Ford websites for full details regarding Ford recalls.
Five Most Recent Ford Recalls
- Nearly 2 million Ford F-150s were recalled for seat belt issues that could result in a fire
- Ford recalled over 550,000 vehicles for faulty shifter cable bushings
- Over 160 Ford vehicles were recalled for front wheel studs that weren’t heat treated properly
- Around 200 Ford GT vehicles were recalled recently for hydraulic fuel leak issues.
- Ford also issued a recall for approximately 555 2018 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX cars to replace the door striker bolts.