By on March 16, 2022

2021 Ford F-150

Ford and Stellantis are issuing recalls on some of their biggest models — figuratively and literally — this week. But the issues are quite a bit less dire than the repeat fire risks you’ve probably grown accustomed to. These defects will still allow customers to park their vehicle indoors without fear of awakening to a raging inferno emanating from the garage. Owners could probably even get away without having their cars fixed by the manufacturer until the relevant parts actually started breaking. Though why anybody would turn down free repairs on any component that didn’t pass muster is beyond me.

Impacted vehicles include 2021-22 model year Dodge Durango SUVs, 2019-22 MY Ram 2500 pickups, and 2019-22 MY Ram 3500 Chassis Cab trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) under 10,000 pounds, all with bunk electronic stability control (ESC) warning lights. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 375,000 vehicles should be affected. Meanwhile, Ford is only looking at 175,000 units of the 2021 F-150 pickup with bum wiper motors. 

The Stellantis vehicles are looking at little more than a compliance violation. After reading the report, it looks as though the ESC indicator light used to tell drivers when the system is off isn’t functioning properly. While the NHTSA and Stellantis both indicated that the hardware should be fine, a software issue within the vehicles’ ABS control modules runs the risk of the warning light remaining dormant should mechanical problems arise later.

Recall notices will be issued in April, though concerned owners can contact Stellantis at 800-853-1403 or use their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to look up its status on the NHTSA website in advance. Alternatively, the regulator’s recall code (22V140) can be used. Impacted customers will be directed to take their vehicle in for servicing, where technicians will update the relevant software.

Ford’s issue poses a bit more risk upfront, particularly if wiper motors happen to go out in the midst of inclement weather. The automaker has already informed the NHTSA that it is aware of at least 758 warranty claims for wiper motor failures but had not received any reports of crashes. Apparently, the motors are suffering from numerous manufacturing defects and it’s negatively impacting their longevity.

Obviously, this poses a safety risk for anybody driving through precipitation. We’d recommend leaning on another vehicle whenever there’s a risk of inclement weather — assuming you have that luxury — and pulling off to wait out the storm should your F-Series’ wipers stop working.

Blue Oval’s recall has been similarly plotted for April, with owners once again having the ability to contact the manufacturer in advance. Ford can be reached at 866-436-7332 if customers don’t want to go through the NHTSA using their VIN or the campaign recall code (22V142). Upon servicing, trucks will have the old wiper motors replaced with units manufactured after the defects were ironed out by the supplier.

[Images: Ford; Stellantis]

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16 Comments on “Ford and Stellantis Recall Bigger Vehicles for Smaller Problems...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    An F-Series that shouldn’t be driven in the rain or snow – that’s special.

    • 0 avatar

      That’s sound advice regardless of the recall.

      So Ford can’t design vehicles that don’t need intensive repairs immediately after being built, a working roof, trucks that aren’t covered in rust by the time they reach the dealer, or a wiper motor.

      Bold moves indeed.

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff S

        Not just Ford but GM and Stellantis are having these recalls. Much of the problems are from components that are outsourced to the cheapest bidder and software that is not ready for prime time (developed hastily without proper testing). I recently had a second recall on my 2012 Buick Lacrosse for a rear suspension part that was defective it was prone to rust which I took to the dealer and had replaced. Most manufacturers use the same suppliers for parts that are outsourced.

  • avatar

    I remember the recall in the 70’s where Fords had a problem slipping out of Park, and the solution was a gaudy silver sticker reminding you to use your parking brake. This time around Ford will give you a 4 oz bottle of Rain-X.

  • avatar

    Burnt motor? Thanks God you will not have this problem in EVs.

  • avatar

    “…why would anybody turn down free repairs on…”

    You’re going to just turn over your keys to those criminals? And incompetent tech/hacks? For repairs it probably doesn’t even need?

    I’ll take recalls and service bulletins under advisement and keep away. The parts dept is OK (for a basic raping), “original equipment” and whatnot, but the service dept I’ll avoid (like The Plague), even for free oil changes.

    Call it a phobia or superstition, but I’ve had great luck with several trucks since Y2k, from new (Ford and Ram commercial mostly), but I came up through new car dealerships.

    • 0 avatar

      Yes, this. Plus, dealer service departments tend to push recall work to the bottom of the pile, because it pays less than cash jobs. Many people find it inconvenient to give up their car for a whole work day.

    • 0 avatar

      If the repair was irrelevant, I’d agree. But, yes, I’d want to replace a potentially faulty wiper motor.

      • 0 avatar
        Carlson Fan

        “If the repair was irrelevant, I’d agree. But, yes, I’d want to replace a potentially faulty wiper motor.”

        Yep- like the completely unnecessary body brace they were sticking in the 1st gen Volts somewhere near the battery on the underside of the car. Not sure if my used 2013 had it done & couldn’t care less regardless.

        The front passenger Takata air bag they replaced a couple months ago in my 2007 Tahoe? Of course I took it to the dealer. Would have been a fool not to.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Mfrs don’t issue recalls and TSBs for fun and profit; they issue them for real, actual safety issues and/or the risk of being sued by physically- or economically-injured plaintiffs.

      Ignoring them is just stupid and puts all the risk on you. The inconvenience of having to take the car in was accepted when you bought it, and every brand has recalls. The work is free, you know.

      I don’t return to the dealer for anything except warranty work or recalls.

      I’m always amazed at buyers who know more about their own cars than the mfrs and NHTSA, or see a free repair as some sort of conspiracy to grab money. Calm down – maybe they just want to fix your car so it works properly.

      • 0 avatar

        In theory maybe. But I’ve done my time at dealerships. Sure for simple light work, a wiper motor, gas tank strap, etc. Except I can do those myself if need be.

        However for anything more involved, or god forbid, major work, I don’t want it back after they’ve put their stink on it, half assed it.

        No one there cares. When it comes back for the same or related failures, they’ll get paid again, probably this time by you.

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