Certain Ford and Lincoln Cars Recalled Due to Tire Issue

about 83,000 vehicles are included in the recall

Certain Ford and Lincoln Cars Recalled Due to Tire Issue
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August 14, 2014

Ford is recalling about 83,200 Fords and Lincolns due to problems with the halfshaft and linkshaft, which help supply power to the car's tires.

what is being recalled?

The affected models include the 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured Sept. 2, 2010 to Nov. 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured Aug.25, 2011 to Nov. 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured Sept. 12, 2011 to Nov. 30, 2013.

what's the problem?

In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning. Consequently, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park.'

next steps

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by Aug. 29. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S10.