The American brand has announced the need to recall 450,000 full-size Ford F-150 pickups due to a possible breakdown of the wiper motor. The press release says that the brand’s dealers will replace the engine for free.
Ford has announced the recall of some 2021-2022 F-150 trucks. The front wiper motor may fail, which will cause the wipers to malfunction, which may lead to an accident. The recall affects 453,650 trucks.
“The recall does not apply to models manufactured at the Ford truck factory in Dearborn, USA between May 3, 2021, and September 10, 2021.”
During this time, Ford produced these trucks with a different wiper motor design due to the shortage of microchips caused by the pandemic. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem. However, the automaker said that it is aware of 1,378 warranty reports worldwide related to non-working or intermittent windshield wipers.
Ford will contact the owners of the affected trucks, and the automaker will send notification letters to the owners on January 3, 2023. Dealers will replace the front wiper motor for free.
A shortage of microchips in 2021 has crippled much of the industry as automakers have struggled to build cars. Ford had to suspend production of some cars, put the Mustang on a short break and make F-150 pickups with missing features. And that was on top of the high demand for the truck from consumers who flocked to the new pickup truck that Ford redesigned for the 2021 model. General Motors also struggled with production, idling the plant building the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.