Ford Transit Van, Bus Recall Issued Due to Risk of Sudden Power Loss, Movement While Parked

More than 400,000 Ford Transit vans and buses may have dangerous defects that allow the driveshaft to break, causing a sudden loss of power while the vehicle is in motion, or the unexpected movement of the vehicle while it is in a parked position. 

A Ford Transit recall was announced by the auto maker on June 28, indicating that the flexible couple attached to the driveshaft may crack, allowing the driveshaft to separate.

While no injuries or accidents have been reported in relation to the Ford Transit van and bus problems, if the driveshaft separates, it will result in the loss of motive power while driving, increasing the risk of a crash. The driveshaft failure could also allow the unintended movement while the vehicles gear shifter is placed in the park position, posing a roll away hazard.

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Ford is also warning owners about the risk of secondary damage from the driveshaft separating from the transmission, which could damage to the brake and fuel lines, posing a loss of stopping power or fuel exposure hazard.

The Ford recall impacts model year 2015 through 2017 Transit vans and buses manufactured by Ford Motor Company at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from January 17, 2014 through June 15, 2017. The approximately 402,462 affected vehicles were distributed for sale throughout the United States at licensed Ford and Lincoln dealers. An estimated 370,630 were distributed throughout the U.S., 2,361 were distributed to federalized territories, 3,217 in Mexico, and 26,254 were distributed for sale in Canada.

Ford announced that the parts needed to repair the problem are not yet available. As an interim solution, Ford is notifying all customers of the recall notice with instructions for vehicles with under 30,000 miles or more on them to schedule an appointment at their local Ford or Lincoln dealer to replace the driveshaft flexible coupling. Customers who have not yet reached 30,000 miles should schedule a repair appointment once they have reached the proper mileage.

Customers are being asked to schedule a repair appointment at their local dealers every 30,000 miles to have the driveshaft flexible coupling replaced until they receive further notice from Ford to schedule a final repair for free.

2 Comments

  • JohnDecember 6, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    I own and operate a 2016 Ford Transit van for purpose of expediting material throughout US. On July 10th of this year while traveling through Utah, driveshaft separated completely from vehicle causing tremendous noise. Vehicle was unable to control and eventually came to rest along underpass where I was stranded with no cell signal for 3 days. Vehicle was eventually towed to Salina Utah. Had to[Show More]I own and operate a 2016 Ford Transit van for purpose of expediting material throughout US. On July 10th of this year while traveling through Utah, driveshaft separated completely from vehicle causing tremendous noise. Vehicle was unable to control and eventually came to rest along underpass where I was stranded with no cell signal for 3 days. Vehicle was eventually towed to Salina Utah. Had to purchase another vehicle as repairs have been quoted at over 15,000. Been months and counting. Nothing has been done. I have lost my business, lost my income, lost contract with customer, have medical issues I am unable to address. We have had to refinance our primary property to stay afloat I need legal representation on this issue.

  • CliffordSeptember 15, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I have a 2015 Transit T250 I purchased new in late 2015. I use this vehicle for business purposes as a self employed contractor for a small expedited shipping company in Michigan. On August 9th of this year I was traveling on I-55 north on a load from Del Rio, Texas to Indianapolis IN when the flexible driveshaft coupling separated from the transmission destroying the driveshaft, transmission, bra[Show More]I have a 2015 Transit T250 I purchased new in late 2015. I use this vehicle for business purposes as a self employed contractor for a small expedited shipping company in Michigan. On August 9th of this year I was traveling on I-55 north on a load from Del Rio, Texas to Indianapolis IN when the flexible driveshaft coupling separated from the transmission destroying the driveshaft, transmission, brake lines, fuel lines, catalytic converter and most of the undercarriage of the vehicle. It took me over a mile to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. I was stranded in Memphis Tennessee for the first week while the second dealership I had it towed to was waiting for approval from Ford to fix it. The vehicle has been down for six weeks now. Between the expenses incurred while waiting for that decision and lost revenue up to this point I have lost over $10,000.00 at this point. Ford refuses to even acknowledge this and the only response I get from their customer service center is to stay in touch with the service manager at the dealership. At this point I'm afraid to even drive the vehicle when it's finished as the part under recall can still give out again and must be changed every 30,000 miles. I really need help with this situation.

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