Ford Motor Co. announced on Monday, February 22 it is recalling thousands of its F-Series trucks due to windshield defects. The front windshields on certain 2020 and 2021 Super Duty and 2021 F-150 trucks “are inadequately bonded to the vehicle body structure,” meaning the windshield may not stay in place during a crash.
The recall affects 79,017 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 6,986 in Canada, and 1,347 in Mexico. The affected vehicles for the recall include 2021 Ford F-150 models produced at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant from October 27, 2020 to February 3, 2021 and 2020-21 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant from October 13, 2020 to January 23, 2021.
Ford has told owners of the vehicles included in the recall that they will begin to receive notifications from auto dealers the week of April 6, 2021. Dealers will remove and replace the windshields of the affected vehicles.
Ford also announced a recall for select 2020 Super Duty vehicles with 6.7-liter engines because the truck labels have incorrect payload information. This recall affects 9,979 Super Duty vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 1,750 in Canada. It includes units built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from May 13, 2019 to September 19, 2020.
The recall announcement follows a separate one from last week for select Ford vehicles that may have had “obsolete” Takata parts installed in collision and theft repairs after the Takata airbag recall was completed. The “obsolete” parts referred to by Ford are potentially deadly airbag inflators made by Takata, which have been linked to 24 deaths worldwide and at least 240 injuries as of February 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The airbags have been linked to at least 18 deaths here in the United States. Ford and other automakers were required to recall vehicles that contained these defective airbags as part of a massive global recall.
These additional recalls come after two other recalls for more than 153,000 model-year 2004 through 2014 vehicles after Ford discovered that the Takata airbag modules were not purged from its service stock. The Takata airbags are responsible for the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, accounting for at least 67 million inflator recalls in tens of millions of vehicles.
These faulty inflators can degrade after long-term humidity exposure and inflate with too much force during an airbag deployment, sending metal fragments into the vehicle’s cabin and seriously injuring or killing the occupants. This is a particular danger to residents of the Gulf Coast.
If you own a Ford brand vehicle made between 2004 and 2021 and want to see if any of these recalls affect your vehicle, click here and enter your VIN to see what recalls may be issued for your vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a defective Ford vehicle or Takata airbag, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 1-800-594-4884 for your free consultation. It is imperative that you find a law firm to manage your claim as soon as possible following an injury or death of a family member. Further, it is important to find a skilled law firm with experience handling these cases to ensure that the responsible parties are held fully accountable. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim.