Ford recalled more than 8,000 units of the 2017 Ford Super Duty Trucks built in the company's Kentucky Truck Plant from August 10 to September 17 of this year after it was discovered that there was no reinforcement bracket to support its fuel tank. The recall was done to prevent accidents from happening due to the absence of the reinforcement bracket.
A recall is done when the products sold are found to be defective or to have some issues that may endanger motorists' lives. In the case of Ford, the missing reinforcement bracket can cause the fuel tank to move from its original position. Without the bracket supporting it, it might come into contact with the ground, causing damage to the tank. This can cause the oil to leak, which is harmful to the environment. A fire could also destroy the vehicle and injure the driver of the truck, according to Automotive News.
Based on the sales record of Ford, more than 7,000 of the affected Ford trucks are in the US while more than 700 of them are now in Canada and in other federal states. Ford will install a support bracket to the trucks that will be brought to them for this purpose. Ford will shoulder all expenses so that truck owners will not suffer from the company's mistake, according to Auto Blog.
Recalls have been made for a small number of various vehicles built by Ford. This includes the Explorer SUVs, Taurus sedans, Flex crossovers and Lincoln MKT. It was found out that the turbo charger oil supply tube was improperly brazed, causing oil leaks and even fires, according to Auto Guide. Recalled vehicles will have a new turbo charger tube for the oil supply.
While Ford did its best to provide solutions to the issues encountered, having to recall several car models to fix them might affect the reputation of Ford and slow down sales.