400,000 Ford ve­hi­cles re­called

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By Ethan Var­ian ethan.var­ian@la­times.com

Ford is­sued a safety re­call for more than 400,000 ve­hi­cles in North Amer­ica on Wed­nes­day over a de­fec­tive drive­shaft that could re­sult in loss of power while driv­ing or un­ex­pected move­ment while parked.

The re­call cov­ers cer­tain 2015 to 2017 Ford Tran­sit vans and chas­sis cabs built in Kansas City, Mo.

Ford said it was not aware of any ac­ci­dents or in­juries caused by the drive­shaft is­sue.

The prob­lem is that a cracked cou­pling could cause the drive­shaft to sep­a­rate. Ford said that sep­a­ra­tion might also cause dam­age to nearby parts such as brakes and fuel lines.

Ford has not found a per­ma­nent fix and ad­vises that af­fected ve­hi­cles with at least 30,000 miles be brought in to deal­er­ships for an in­terim re­pair. The re­pair will be of­fered ev­ery 30,000 miles un­til a per­ma­nent fix is avail­able.

In a fil­ing with the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion on Wed­nes­day, the com­pany es­ti­mated the to­tal cost of re­pairs to its North Amer­i­can busi­ness to be $142 mil­lion.

About 402,462 ve­hi­cles in North Amer­ica are be­ing re­called, in­clud­ing 370,630 in the United States.

Own­ers will be no­ti­fied by mail and are en­cour­aged to take their ve­hi­cles in im­me­di­ately at no cost.

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