22S62 – Loose Rear Stabilizer Bar Bracket and Bolts – 2020-2021 Ford F-53 Recreational Stripped Chassis

September 30, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V731000

Rear Stabilizer Bar Brackets May Break

Brackets that separate from the vehicle can create a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V731

Manufacturer Ford Motor Company

Components SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected 26,910

 

Summary

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2020-2021 F-53 recreational stripped chassis vehicles. The rear stabilizer bar attachment brackets may break and separate from the vehicle.

 

Remedy

Dealers will inspect the bolt tightness for both rear stabilizer attachment brackets and replace the weld nuts and bolts, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 10, 2022. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 22S62.

 

Notes

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.nhtsa.gov.

 

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Ford F-53/F-59
Ford F-53/F-59

 


AFFECTED VEHICLES

Vehicle Model Year Assembly Plant Build Dates
P131N Stripped Chassis 2020 Detroit Chassis LLC May 13, 2019 through December 11, 2020
P131N Stripped Chassis 2021 Detroit Chassis LLC October 15, 2020 through August 3, 2021

Affected vehicles are identified in OASIS and FSA VIN Lists.

 

REASON FOR THIS SAFETY RECALL

In some of the affected vehicles, the rear stabilizer bar attachment bracket(s) weld-nuts may not be capable of supporting the required joint torque for this application and may have been damaged during the assembly process. During vehicle usage, the weld nuts attaching the rear stabilizer bracket may loosen, and the attachment bracket may break and/or the attachment bolts and the bracket may separate from the vehicle. It is possible that this may result in a road debris hazard.

 

SERVICE ACTION

DO NOT DEMONSTRATE OR DELIVER any new in-stock vehicles involved in this safety recall. A complete Dealer Bulletin will be provided to dealers in first quarter of 2023 when it is anticipated that parts ordering information and repair instructions will be available to support this safety recall.

IMPORTANT: Dealers should open a Repair Order (RO) only when a full dealer bulletin is published. Opening an RO against an Awareness or Advance Notice will result in warranty rejections against a recall.

 

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

Owners of record will be notified via first-class mail after repair instructions and parts ordering information have been provided to dealers.

PLEASE NOTE:

Federal law requires dealers to complete this recall service before a new vehicle is delivered to the buyer or lessee. Violation of this requirement by a dealer could result in a civil penalty of up to $21,000 per vehicle. Correct all vehicles in your new vehicle inventory prior to delivery.

 


22S62 Chronology of Defect / Noncompliance Determination

Provide the chronology of events leading up to the defect decision or test data for the noncompliance decision.

 

November 2021 – January 2022

On November 3, 2021, an issue pertaining to Motorhomes built on F-53 Recreational Chassis was brought to Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) for review. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contacted Ford regarding complaints from four (4) recreational vehicle (RV) owners whose RVs were built on 2020 and 2021 model year F-53 stripped chassis (2-2020MY & 2-2021MY). The four (4) Vehicle Owners Questionnaires (VOQs) indicated that the rear stabilizer attachment brackets had loosening attachment bolts, bracket damage, and/or bracket separation. 

CCRG investigation found that attachment fastener issues had been identified during 2020 MY early production builds when an upsized rear stabilizer bar (2.0” from 1.5” diameter) was incorporated into production. A revised attachment process was instituted to address this condition on January 20, 2020. By March 2021, Ford’s modified vehicle fleet team had been receiving complaints of bolt loosening and bracket separation.  A special service message (SSM 49694) was issued to the field on March 21, 2021, to address these concerns. The weld nuts were replaced in production with a flag-nut on August 2, 2021.  CCRG’s assessment was that this condition did not present a vehicle handling concern, which was consistent with its review of customer reports.

 

February – May 2022

On February 2, 2022, Ford reviewed the concern with NHTSA, who requested further review and analysis of warranty data. On April 27, 2022, Ford shared the updated report analysis and our position that this concern does not present an unreasonable risk to vehicle safety as an affected vehicle remains controllable and no sudden change in vehicle response would be expected. NHTSA and Ford discussed Ford’s analysis and Ford agreed to conduct vehicle level testing and discussed a 0.3G lateral swept-steer evaluation with and without the stabilizer bar attachment bracket. Ford used a 2020MY F-53 Motorhome test mule and found that the vehicle remained stable when tested with no sudden change in vehicle dynamics.

 

July – September 2022

On July 12, 2022, and August 26, 2022, Ford and NHTSA reviewed and discussed the test results. Based on ongoing reports from the field, Ford and NHTSA discussed potential field actions.  On September 14, 2022, NHTSA contacted Ford to relay their safety concerns relating to road debris hazard should a stabilizer bar attachment bracket separate from the vehicle and settle in the roadway. Between June 17, 2020, and September 14, 2022, there have been 477 warranty reports of loosening stabilizer attachment bolts, bracket damage and/or separation on 2020 and 2021 MY vehicles.

 

On September 23, 2022, Ford’s Field Review Committee reviewed the concern and approved a field action.

 

Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

 

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2 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
FORD F53 2020-2021

 


5 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V731-2575.pdf 728.025KB

RCAK-22V731-2575

 


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V731-7015.PDF 214.021KB

RCLRPT-22V731-7015

 


Miscellaneous Document – 22S62 Chronology of Defect / Noncompliance Determination

RMISC-22V731-2242.pdf 35.883KB

RMISC-22V731-2242

 


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Advance Notice re NEW VEHICLE DEMONSTRATION / DELIVERY HOLD Advance Notice – Safety Recall 22S62 Certain 2020 – 2021 Model Year P131N Stripped Chassis Loose Rear Stabilizer Bar Bracket and Bolts

RCMN-22V731-3098.pdf 142.787KB

RCMN-22V731-3098

 


ISSUED Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-22V731-5250.pdf 43.506KB

RIONL-22V731-5250

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V731&docType=RCL

 


 

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