We just want things to go smoothly for the Ford Maverick. However, this little truck has been struggling against big problems. Two of the recalls involve increasing the risk of fire! On top of that, the 2022 Ford Maverick just got its fifth recall.
2022 Ford Maverick recall for airbag problems
There is another 2022 Ford Maverick recall out due to malfunctioning airbags. According to Auto Evolution, the side curtain airbags may not correctly deploy. This malfunction could increase the risk of injuries during an accident.
Ford is unaware of the root cause of this issue, but it’s still investigating. This recall covers about 64,974 vehicles and includes both left-hand and right-hand models sold in America and Mexico. The trucks were built between February 3, 2021, and July 9, 2022, at the Hermosillo plant.
A defective batch of airbags could be responsible for the issue. A stop-ship order was issued so Ford can remedy this issue, as the trucks currently fail to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle safety standard 226. Ford is currently unaware of any injuries related to this problem.
Ford will begin notifying owners in September. You will need to visit a local Ford dealership to have the side curtain airbags on both sides replaced.
What are the other Maverick recalls?
In July, the 2022 Ford Maverick faced a recall due to issues with the engine and engine cooling structure. In the event of an engine failure, models with the hybrid engine could result in oil and fuel vapors being released in the engine compartment.
The flammable liquids could accumulate near an ignition source, resulting in an increased fire risk. If your truck makes unexpected noises, loses power, or if you see smoke, park it immediately. Ford will replace engine components as necessary.
Here was another Ford Maverick recall due to seat belt issues. The rear seat belt buckles may not be properly attached to the rear floor assembly.
Because of this, an occupant might not be adequately restrained in the event of a wreck, increasing the risk of injuries. Ford is replacing the seatbelt assembly units free of charge.
Another Maverick Recall involved the risk of not stopping due to faulty brakes. A software error could lead to the loss of trailer brake functionality.
As a result, loss of trailer brake function could lead to an extended stopping distance, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries. At least this issue has an easy fix. Dealerships only need to update the brake software.
Also, one Maverick recall involved leaking fuel tanks. Holes may have been drilled into the fuel tank when the spray-in bed liners were installed. This could lead to a leaking fuel tank, increasing the fire risk. But Ford will replace the fuel tank as necessary.
Is the Maverick safe?
The 2022 Ford Maverick hasn’t been officially evaluated by the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) yet. But the five recalls shouldn’t be a safety concern.
Instead, they represent a problem with quality. Perhaps Ford rushed the Maverick to market. But the redesigned Ford Explorer had 17 recalls during its first year back in 2020. So, reducing the number from 17 to five is a step in the right direction.
We will keep an eye on the Maverick to see if more problems emerge. Also, we will update you as soon as the official safety ratings are released.