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Recall 19V103000

Front Drive Shaft Universal Joint Fails On Hybrid Conversion Vehicles

Recall Details

For vehicles modified by XL Hybrids with an electric hybrid system installed, the front drive shaft universal joint may fail and cause the front drive shaft to detach. Dealers will replace the front drive shaft with an updated one free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

For vehicles modified by XL Hybrids and equipped with XL's electric hybrid system, the universal joint on the front drive shaft may fail, causing the front drive shaft to detach. This would reduce vehicle power and cause a road hazard, both which can lead to an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Ford must be performed by a Ford dealership. XL Hybrid will notify known owners of affected vehicles (a timetable of this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). 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.

Drive Train, February 21, 2019

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 21, 2019
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
174
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
19V103000
Component
POWER TRAIN
Summary
XL Hybrids, Inc (XL) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Ford Transit vehicles modified to be equipped with XL's electric hybrid system. The cardan (universal) joint on the front driveshaft may fail, possibly causing the front driveshaft to detach.
Consequence
If the front driveshaft detaches from the vehicle, drive power will be lost, increasing the risk of a crash. The detached driveshaft may also create a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash for following traffic.
Remedy
XL will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driveshaft with an updated one, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact XL Hybrid's customer service at 1-833-953-5338.
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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