Last week, Ford Motor Company recalled over 400,000 Transit vans due to potentially-defective drive shafts, which could cause the vehicles to lose power. No accidents or injuries have yet resulted from this issue.
On Wednesday, Ford recalled 402,462 North American Transit vans, buses, and chassis cabs. Of this total, 370,630 vehicles were in the U.S., Ford officials said. Vehicles affected by this recall were built at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant from January 17, 2014 to June 15, 2017.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail to take their vehicles to a Ford or Lincoln dealership to have the coupling replaced permanently, free of charge.
Safety recalls made an expensive impact on Ford Motors’ profits during the first quarter of this year—the automaker experienced a 35% profit drop compared to the first quarter of 2016. Total losses last year due to safety recalls cost the company about $295 million; this recall could total approximately $142 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Problems with the drive shafts started in vehicles with over 30,000 miles, according to Ford. If a Transit had less than 30,000 miles or had the coupling replaced within the last 30,000 miles, there is no need for a repair, according a Ford recall site.
For impacted Transits with more than 30,000 miles, the driveshaft coupling will be replaced every 30,000 miles until a permanent solution is found.