When a manufacturer determines that a certain Ford model has a safety related defect, they issue a recall by notifying the owners about the Ford Recalls. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.
What Happens When Your Ford Is Recalled?
If a car is subject to a recall, the Ford manufacturer will issue a safety recall, sending a letter to your home. Usually, the letter will instruct you to call the auto dealer that sold you your car. After, you’ll want to set up an appointment with the service department for a mechanic to repair your vehicle.
The car recall letter should include information on potential warning signs for you to look for in your vehicle. The same risks associated with driving the vehicle, descriptions of the recall and guidance on what to do next. If you don’t receive a recall letter, you can go to NHTSA and search their database for recalls. To search their database, you’ll need your vehicle identification number, which you can find in several places on your car.
Some manufacturers’ recall programs might provide a loaner while the dealership repairs your car. If yours does, they will include information in your recall letter. Sometimes dealerships will provide loaners, depending on their policies and the recall program, but it’s best to find out before you schedule your recall repair.
Do I Have To Pay To Get My Ford Recall Fixed?
The issue will be fixed by the manufacturer at no cost if there’s a recall issue. In some cases, they may even cover any related labor costs incurred during the process as well. So, while having a recall on your Ford is certainly not ideal, know that you don’t need to worry about the cost.
Do Ford Recalls Expire?
No. Automotive safety recalls do not expire. Vehicle recalls do not have an expiration date. However, it can be challenging to schedule a repair if the manufacturer goes out of business or discontinues the part. That’s why, along with safety reasons, it’s important to take care of recall repairs as soon as possible.
How Long Does It Take To Fix A Recall?
It is a common misconception that car recalls are only necessary for major mechanical repairs. In fact, many times they may only require a simple software update or a minor adjustment to an existing part. The answer depends largely on the complexity of the repair and the availability of parts required to complete the job. Generally speaking, most recalls can be completed in relatively short order if all of the necessary parts are available. However, some high-level repairs could take longer due to their more complicated nature.
If there is just a software update needed, this should generally not exceed 1 hour for most cars. For complex engine work, such as replacing faulty components, can range from 2 hours to days depending on what’s involved.
Ultimately then, while your average automotive recall may be done fairly quickly, more intricate jobs will likely take longer due to their complexity and difficulty obtaining relevant parts. Therefore, when considering any potential recalls on your vehicle it’s important to factor in both time at the shop and waiting time for locating materials.
How Do I Know If My Ford Has A Recall?
The first step in learning if your car has a recall is to check. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other manufacturers provide information about any recently announced safety recalls or vehicle recalls on their websites for consumers to review. In addition, you can contact your local dealership or manufacturer to find out if there are any recent recalls that may affect your model of car. They will be able to tell you whether your particular make/model needs a repair due to safety concerns.
You can also check our list of recalls we’ve provided for you.
- Ford Bronco Recall
- Ford Edge Recall
- Ford Escape Recall
- Ford Expedition Recall
- Ford Explorer Recall
- Ford F150 Recall
- Ford Maverick Recall
- Ford Mustang Recall
- Ford Ranger Recall
- Ford Transit Recall