Recall Alert: The 2021 Ford F-150 Has Structural Issues

Oh no! If Ford thought 2020 was bad, 2021 might be worse. They’re already issuing a recall for the 2020 and 2021 Ford F-150 and Super Duty models due to body structure problems. Along with windshield issues, Super Duty trucks have incorrect payload information. 

2020 Ford Super Duty recall 

According to Ford Authority, Ford announced a recall for 2020 Super Duty trucks with 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel engines due to the trucks having labels with the incorrect payload information. 

The trucks have overstated payload capacity values on the tire and loading information label, overstated accessory reserve capacity values on the safety certification label, and the overstated weight values on the truck camper loading documentation. 

A Ford F-450 Crew Cab 4x4 in Star White Metallic Tinted Clearcoat with FX4 Off-Road Package and available equipment towing a large trailer on the highway
2021 F-450 Super Duty | Ford Motor Company

As a result, owners may load their vehicles to payload stated on the tire and loading information label and exceed toe gross vehicle weight rating or gross axle weight rating. This could overload the suspension, increase stopping distance and increase the risk of accidents. 

About 11,729 2020 Ford Super Duty trucks have been affected. They were produced at the Ford Kentucky Plant from May 19 to September 19, 2020. About 9,979 of the trucks are in the United States and Federal territories, and 1,750 are in Canada. 

Ford will begin notifying owners about this issue during the week of March 22. Dealers will replace the tire and loading information label, safety certification label, and truck camper loading document if needed. 

The 2021 Ford F-150 windshield recall 

The 2020 and 2021 Ford F-150 and the 2020 and 2021 Ford Super Duty trucks have another recall due to more structural issues. According to Detriot News, these trucks have windshields that are inadequately bonded to the body structure. As a result, they may not stay in place during a crash, increasing the risk of injuries. 

A 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.
2020 Ford F-150 Lariat in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat. | Ford

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The recall includes 2021 Ford F-150 models manufactured in the Dearborn truck plant between October 27 and February 3. It also includes Super Duty trucks built in the Kentucky truck plant between October 13 and January 23. About 79,017 vehicles are affected in the U.S. and federal territories, 6,986 units in Canada, and 1,347 in Mexico.

Ford is unaware of any injuries or crashes related to both of these recalls. Owners will be notified the week of April 6. Dealers will remove and replace the windshields for free. You do not have to return to the same Ford dealership where you purchased your truck for the repair. 

More Ford issues 

Along with these recalls, the 2021 Ford F-150 is struggling with shortages. There is a global shortage of microchips that power the automated and electronic features in vehicles. Plus, massive winter storms are plaguing the country. 

Older Ford Ranger models have been recalled recently, too, due to having Takata airbags. These dangerous airbags may explode due to faulty inflators and send shrapnel toward drivers and passengers. 

A gray 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid towing a boat
2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid | Ford

Plus, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport was recently recalled due to suspension issues. The rear suspension modules may not be fully secured to the subframe. 

But problems with new models such as the 2021 Ford F-150 and Bronco Sport aren’t uncommon. Usually, new models have a little more work done after the release because of the number of new components that go into new vehicles. So, we will be keeping an eye on the 2021 Ford Bronco for issues once it arrives.