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Recall 17V668000

Trailer Tow Module Shorts Causing Multiple Electronic Concerns

Recall Details

Water may enter the optional trailer tow module, resulting in electronic concerns such as turn signals that flash fast, instrument panel display failure, an electrical short or deployment of seat belt pretensioners. Dealers will add a drainage hole for water to flow through in the driver's door step well and incorporate a fuse into the vehicle's wiring harness free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

For vehicles equipped with the optional trailer tow module, water may enter the module and corrode the wiring. This can cause a range of electronic malfunctions to occur, such as causing the turn signals to flash rapidly, causing the instrument panel display to fail, causing an electrical short or deploying the seat belt pretensioner. All of these resulting problems would cause the increased risk of a crash.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Ford must be performed by a Ford dealership. Ford will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in November, 2017. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Ford dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Ford recall number is 17S34.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, October 23, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
October 23, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
65,206
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V668000
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Ford Transit vehicles, equipped with a trailer tow module. Water can enter the tow modules and corrode the wiring causing issues such as rapidly flashing turn signals, loss of instrument panel display, an electrical short and possibly the deployment of seatbelt pretensioner.
Consequence
An electrical short can increase the risk of a fire. Turn signal, instrument cluster or seatbelt pretensioner problems can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will add a drainage hole in the driver's door stepwell and incorporate a fuse into the vehicle's wiring harness, free of charge. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed in November 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S34.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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