Ford Announces Two Recalls for the 2014 F150
This is the era of the recall and with millions of vehicles being recalled each year for things as simple as an incorrectly spelled information sticker under the hood, these new 2014 Ford F150 recalls should be taken a bit more seriously. Although Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries stemming from either of these two issues, one of them could greatly increase the likelihood of injury in the event of an accident while the other increases the likelihood of getting in to an accident.
2014 Ford F150 Brake Light Recall
The first and smaller of the two new 2014 Ford F150 recalls focuses on a problem with the brake pedal position switch. This switch is what allows the brake lights to illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed, but it seems that there is a relatively small batch of 2014 F150 pickups have had their brake pedal position switch may have been incorrectly calibrated. If the switch is not adjusted properly, the brake lights could either fail to light up when you first begin braking, or they might not light up at all. Of course, not having your brake lights light up when you are slowing down could cause a vehicle behind you to run into your F150 when the other driver doesn’t realize that you are braking.
2015 Ford F150 Galleries:
A closer look at the trimlines of the 2015 Ford F150
The 2015 Ford F150 at the 2014 NAIAS
More importantly, the brake pedal position switch is also responsible for disengaging the cruise control system so Ford is advising owners of these trucks to avoid using their cruise control system until the problem has been address.
All of the 960 affected vehicles were built at the Dearborn Truck Plant between March 1st 2014 and March 13th 2014 along with some other trucks built at the Kansas City Plant from March 3rd 2014 to March 13th 2014. 618 of these troublesome F150 pickups are in the United States while 338 are in Canada and 4 are in Mexico.
The fix for this F150 recall is as simple as the technician adjusting the brake pedal position switch.
2014 Ford F150 Passenger Airbag Recall
The second and much larger 2014 Ford F150 recall has been announced due to a possible problem with the front seat passenger seat sensor. This is the sensor that tells the safety restraint system whether or not to open the passenger side airbag in the event of an accident and, unfortunately, this sensor may not be working correctly in 134,947 Ford F150 trucks and Ford Flex SUVs from the 2014 model year. Should this sensor not be working correctly, the airbag may not deploy when there is an adult seated in the front passenger position and that creates an obviously elevated risk of injury in a crash.
The vehicles included in this recall include 2014 Ford Flex models built at the Oakville Assembly Plant from March 1st 2014 through May 31st 2014, 2014 Ford F150 pickups built at the Dearborn Truck Plant from March 1st to May 31st and other 2014 Ford F150 pickups built at Kansas City Assembly plant from March 1st through May 31st. Also, this recall includes a small collection of 2009-2014 F150 pickups that were serviced due to a problematic seat track between February 17th 2014 and October 31st 2014. A Ford representative was unable to immediately offer a breakdown of how many units of the 134,947 recalled vehicles were Flex SUVs and which were F150 pickups – but I was told that the “vast majority” are F150s.
The fix for this problem is also simple, with the technician adjusting the seat tracks and recalibrating the seat sensor.
For more information on either of these 2014 Ford F150 recalls, contact your local Ford dealership.