Vehicles Affected: Approximately 73,000 model-year 2015-17 Ford Transit vans equipped with a trailer tow module and manufacturered at Missouri's Kansas City Assembly Plant from Feb. 3, 2014, to Aug. 2, 2017
The Problem: Water leaking into the trailer tow module may result wiring corrosion and damage to the module, which could lead to rapid flashing of the turn signals, loss of the instrument cluster display, loss of heater and air-conditioning controls, and loss of multimedia including the radio, screens and Sync. Wiring corrosion could also result in an electrical short to the ground, which could cause uncommanded seat belt pretensioner deployment, a burning smell and increased risk of fire, including when the vehicle is parked and the ignition is off.
Ford said it is aware of two reports of vehicle fires potentially related to the issue in Canada, but no associated accidents or injuries.
The Fix: Dealers will disable the trailer module for free as an interim repair until parts are available for the final repair. For the final repair, dealers will add a drainage hole to the driver's door stepwell and incorporate a fuse into the vehicle wiring harness for free — but until the final repair is performed, owners should park their vehicles outside.
What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332 for more information.
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