During a previous recall campaign, brackets were installed to secure the rear axle. These may have been installed incorrectly, resulting in a continued risk that the rear axle may fracture. If the rear axle fractures, vehicle handling would be affected and there would be an increased risk of a crash.
For vehicles that have had a replacement Ford remanufactured automatic transmission installed, the shift lever bolt may not be properly tightened. This can result in the shift lever disengaging from the transmission, making it impossible to know the proper gear selected, nor put the vehicle into park to secure it.
The bolts that secure the fuel tank to the vehicle may not be tightened properly. This could result in the fuel tank separating from the vehicle. A fuel leak could result, which is a fire hazard.
The parking brake may not fully engage as intended when it is applied. This could result in the vehicle rolling away.
The engine may continue to run when the key or ignition on and off switch is turned to off.
The instrument panel cluster of instrumentation and warning lights may malfunction and stop working.
Fuel lines or the fuel tank could degrade due to prolonged exposure to elevated under body vehicle temperatures. This could create a fuel leak, which is a fire hazard. Additionally, fuel may leak on the parking brake cable seals, resulting in them also degrading, affecting proper parking brake operation. The vehicle could move unexpectedly when thought to be secure.
The electric power steering assist may shut down, causing difficulty steering and controlling the vehicle.
When deployed in a crash, the driver's front air bag inflator can rupture. As a result, metal fragments from the inflator can strike occupants.
When deployed in a crash, the passenger front air bag inflator can rupture. As a result, metal fragments from the inflator can strike occupants.