Ford Motor Company is recalling a small number of stripped chassis vehicles containing improperly heat treated front wheel studs.
The Dearborn, Michigan-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on August 10, 2018 they will recall 162 2018 Ford F53 Stripped Chassis vehicles built between June 13 and June 22, 2018.
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The affected vehicles come equipped with 22.5 inch front wheels possibly containing improperly heat treated wheel studs. These studs could fracture, potentially affecting vehicle handling and increasing crash risk. Ford’s recall report states they have not determined the issue presents an “unreasonable risk to safety,” but are proceeding with a proactive wheel stud replacement program.
The manufacturer’s Critical Concern Review Group reviewed a supplier notification about an issue involving improperly heat treated wheel studs. Frankfort, Kentucky-based supplier Meritor told Ford 9% of studs used in wheel hub assemblies during the affected timeframe were not heat treated. Ford decided on July 9, 2018 to conduct a recall action.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace any suspect front wheel hub studs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 13, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customers service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 18S21. Ford owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
The manufacturer of your vehicle is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
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