When you purchase a new vehicle, you expect some things to be just right. For example, when setting the proper settings, you expect the headlights to light up correctly. And, you expect the transmission to pick up on the proper setting when trying to do something like do-some off-roading.
New Truck Owners Have Certain Expectations
Likewise, you expect the instrument screen to display the instruments you want in front of you. And, if your vehicle has a heads-up display, you expect the display to appear correctly on the windshield in front of you.
It goes without saying that if any of these user features aren't correct, you have a good reason to be upset. What would happen if you purchased a pickup like the Ford F-150 Raptor and found that the lug nuts on the wheels you ordered weren't correct when you left the dealership? More than likely, you would be a tad upset, to put it mildly, especially when the pickup, which is at the top of the Ford F-150 food chain, has an MSRP of more than $72,000.
Imagine finding that the Ford F-150 Raptor that you ordered and patiently waited long months arrives with lug nuts that are incorrectly tightened. You would be within your rights to be a bit annoyed, wouldn't you?
Well, in an apparent effort to keep folks happy, Ford has recalled 1,510 2022 Raptors for incorrectly tightened lug nuts (hopefully also not cross-threaded).
Ford Is Notifying Customers Of The Problem
Indeed, this is exactly the information that the 1,519 F-150 Raptor owners are finding out starting today as they are being notified by the automaker that they have to bring their new off-roading-oriented pickups back to their dealers to have the lug nuts reset.
Suppose the owners don't have the lug nuts reset. In that case, they risk finding that the lugs have loosened and that the wheels can separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash, said the information filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
A filing summary with the federal safety agency shows that Ford has notified NHTSA that it is recalling "certain 2022 F-150 Raptor Series vehicles equipped with 37-inch tires." The reason, as noted, is that the wheels' lugs may have been incorrectly tightened.
Repairs Will Be Done For Free
Ford has begun notifying the owners of the F-150 Raptors of the problem. When an owner receives a notification letter, they can bring their pickups back to their dealers, where technicians will tighten or replace the wheel lug nuts as necessary. The repair is free.
For more information, owners can contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332. The Ford identifier for this recall is 22S59. Owners can also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.nhtsa.gov. The NHTSA identifier is 22V675.
Marc Stern has been an automotive writer since 1971 when an otherwise normal news editor said, "You're our new car editor," and dumped about 27 pounds of auto stuff on my desk. I was in heaven as I have been a gearhead from my early days. As a teen, I spent the usual number of misspent hours hanging out at gas stations Shell and Texaco (a big thing in my youth) and working on cars. From there on, it was a straight line to my first column for the paper, "You Auto Know," an enterprise I handled faithfully for 32 years. Not many people know that I also handled computer documentation for a good part of my living while writing YAN. My best writing, though, was always in cars. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, etc. You can follow me on: Twitter or Facebook.