Ford Motor Company is recalling certain 2017-2022 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks because of an issue with the driveshaft. The recall impacts almost 250,000 total units. The trucks affected are equipped with gas engines and aluminum driveshafts.
The official recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is case number 22V087000 and says that underbody heat and noise insulators may loosen and contact the aluminum driveshaft, which could damage the driveshaft and cause it to fracture.
The official summary of the issue reads: “A fractured driveshaft can cause a loss of drive power, or a loss of vehicle control if the driveshaft contacts the ground. Additionally, unintended movement could occur while parked if the parking brake is not engaged. Any of these scenarios can increase the risk of a crash.”
The recall officially impacts 247,445 units with Super Duty variants ranging from 2017-2022 F-250 and 2017-2022 F-350. Nearly 200,000 2021-2022 Ford F-150 trucks were recalled recently for a similar issue.
As is always the case with official NHTSA recalls, impacted owners will be contacted by mail. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 4, 2022. Dealers will inspect and repair the driveshaft of the impacted trucks. Part of the procedure includes dealers properly attaching the underbody insulators at no charge.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 22S09. 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.
This is the first big recall impacting the current model year of the Super Duty, though there were more than a dozen recalls for the 2017 model year for both the F-250 and F-350. By and large, the Super Duty vehicles have been fairly trouble free, but the drive shaft is a big deal. So if you have a truck within the allotted model years, do a little pre-emptive search to see if your truck is affected and watch your mailboxes for the owner notifications.