Ford Recalls Some F-150 Lightning Trucks Over Fire Risk

Ford is conducting a safety recall for certain 2023 F-150 Lightning vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed.

This recall, identified by NHTSA Campaign Number 24V-144, addresses a potentially dangerous issue where the fasteners securing the junction box bus bars inside the high-voltage battery pack may not be adequately tightened. This defect could lead to electrical arcing at the busbars, increasing the risk of fire and, potentially, a loss of drive power, heightening the risk of a crash.

The recall affects 216 units of the model year 2023 F-150 Lightning. Ford discovered the issue and reported it to the NHTSA on February 23, 2024, prompting immediate action to mitigate any risks to drivers and the public. To resolve the problem, authorized dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair the busbar fasteners and replace any damaged components at no charge to the vehicle owners.

Ford plans to begin notifying owners of the affected vehicles by mail starting March 18, 2024. Vehicle owners can also contact Ford customer service directly for more information. The recall is conducted in full compliance with federal law, underlining Ford’s commitment to safety and customer service.

This recall comes with strict guidelines from the NHTSA regarding notification and repair processes, including requirements for Ford to submit copies of all communications related to the recall to the NHTSA. Additionally, Ford is prohibited from selling or offering for sale any vehicle or equipment containing the identified safety defect once the manufacturer has notified the NHTSA about the defect.

While the recall only affects 216 trucks, it’s still a very important one, especially as a fire risk is involved. Good to see some quick action here at least.

Back in January, Ford cut production of its F-150 Lightning due to sluggish demand. Yesterday, the company announced it had officially gained Tesla Supercharger access for its Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning.