Safety Recall 23S04 Fuel Tank Replacement – 2023 Ford Transit

February 10, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V071000

Fuel Tank Not Welded Properly

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V071

Manufacturer Ford Motor Company


Potential Number of Units Affected 1,159



Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2023 Transit vehicles. The fuel tank grade vent valve may not be properly welded to the fuel tank shell, which can result in a fuel leak.



Dealers will replace the fuel tank, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 27, 2023. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 23S04.



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


Check if your Vehicle has a Recall


February 13, 2023

Certain 2023 Model Year Transit Vehicles Equipped with 95L Fuel Tanks
Fuel Tank Replacement



Vehicle Model Year Assembly Plant Build Dates
Transit 2023 Kansas City November 3, 2022 through November 10, 2022

Affected vehicles are identified in OASIS and FSA VIN Lists.



In some of the affected vehicles, a Grade Vent Valve (GVV) may not be properly welded to the fuel tank shell. Over time, the weld between the GVV and the fuel tank shell may separate, which may lead to a fuel vapor leak or liquid fuel leak. An inadequate weld between the GVV and the fuel tank shell may be insufficient to prevent a fuel leak during a crash. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.  



DO NOT DEMONSTRATE OR DELIVER any new in-stock vehicles involved in this safety recall. A complete Dealer Bulletin will be provided to dealers the month of March 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.



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


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 $26,315 per vehicle. Correct all vehicles in your new vehicle inventory prior to delivery.  



The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act law effective June 2016 prohibits a rental company from selling, renting or leasing vehicles subject to a safety or compliance recall. Please consult your legal counsel for legal advice.


Chronology :

November 2022
On November 17, 2022, Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) initiated an investigation into the quality of the weld between the fuel tank shell and the grade vent valve on 2023 model year Transit vehicles equipped with 95L fuel tanks. On November 9, 2022, the supplier discovered an issue with weld quality after there was a quality check test failure. The supplier discovered that the thermocouple on the welder hot plate was incorrectly installed after an October 30, 2022 maintenance event, causing the hot plate temperature to intermittently exceed the specified set point. This can result in improper material adhesion.

Ford began collecting samples from the suspect population for analysis to better understand the weld integrity of the grade vent valve.

December 2022 – January 2023
Ford’s CCRG continued to investigate the scope of the weld quality issue and impact to vehicle operation. Ford Engineering conducted a series of tests to quantify the quality of the weld between the grade vent valve and the fuel tank shell on suspect parts. The CCRG evaluation found that approximately 85% of the fuel tanks tested had an inadequate weld between the tank shell and the grade vent valve when tested to an industry-standard weld integrity test. Based on these test results, CCRG concluded that the lack of weld strength in this location would make it prone to fuel leaks, including those that occur in a crash.

Ford is not aware of any warranty or field reports related to this condition.

On February 3, 2023, 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.


1 Affected Product




3 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V071-1715.PDF 215.533KB



Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Dealer Advance Notice re NEW VEHICLE DEMONSTRATION / DELIVERY HOLD – Advance Notice – Safety Recall 23S04 Certain 2023 Model Year Transit Vehicles Equipped with 95L Fuel Tanks Fuel Tank Replacement

RCMN-23V071-1010.pdf 44.824KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V071-9077.pdf 645.162KB



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