Ford and Stellantis Recall Bigger Vehicles for Smaller Problems

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
ford and stellantis recall bigger vehicles for smaller problems

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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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Mar 16, 2022

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

    • SPPPP SPPPP on Mar 16, 2022

      That's right, they last infinity miles. They never rust and I don't even think their tires wear out.

  • DenverMike DenverMike on Mar 16, 2022

    "...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.

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    • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Mar 17, 2022

      @FreedMike "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.

  • Dusterdude @El scotto , I'm aware of the history, I have been in the "working world" for close to 40 years with many of them being in automotive. We have to look at situation in the "big picture". Did UAW make concessions in past ? - yes. Do they deserve an increase now ? -yes . Is their pay increase reasonable given their current compensation package ? Not at all ! By the way - are the automotive CEO's overpaid - definitely! (That is the case in many industries, and a separate topic). As the auto industry slowly but surely moves to EV's , the "big 3" will need to be producing top quality competitive vehicles or they will not survive.
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  • El scotto Huge lumbering SUV? Check. Unknown name soon to be made popular by Tiktok ilk? Check. Scads of these showing up in school drop-off lines? Check. The only real over/under is if these will have as much cachet as Land Rovers themselves? A bespoken item had to be new at one time. Bonus "accepted by the right kind of people" points if EBFlex or Tassos disapproves.
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