Ford F-150 Trucks Recalled Because Loose Underbody Panels Could Damage the Driveshaft

Only certain crew-cab trucks with four-wheel drive and a 145-inch wheelbase are affected

2021 Ford F-150
2021 Ford F-150
Photo: Ford

Ford has announced the recall of nearly 185,000 F-150 pickup trucks from the 2021 and 2022 model years to fix an issue where the driveshaft may be damaged by loose parts. Heat and noise insulation panels could come loose and impact the aluminum driveshaft. The driveshaft could fracture, which will result in the truck losing power. The driver could lose control of the vehicle if the driveshaft comes in contact with the ground. In addition, if the driver parks the F-150 without using the parking brake, the truck could roll away.

The affected vehicles are 4x4 145-inch wheelbase Crew Cab configurations with 302A and above equipment group and sound insulation package that are equipped with an aluminum driveshaft.

The automaker notes that there have been 27 reports of fractured driveshafts related to the loose insulation panels. Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to the problem.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 184,698 Ford F-150 pickup trucks from the 2021 and 2022 model years.

The problem: Heat and noise insulators that are beneath the vehicle may loosen and come in contact with the aluminum driveshaft. This could damage the driveshaft and cause it to fracture.

The fix: Dealers will inspect and repair the driveshaft as necessary, and properly attach the underbody insulators. This fix is free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Ford will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles starting Jan. 13, 2022. Owners may also contact Ford at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V986. Ford’s own number for this recall is 21S56.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.