The 2021 Ford Super Duty pickup is one of several models affected by a possible drivetrain issue. - Photo: Ford

The 2021 Ford Super Duty pickup is one of several models affected by a possible drivetrain issue.

Photo: Ford

Ford Motor Company is recalling an estimated 247,445 2017-2022 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty vehicles equipped with gasoline engines and aluminum driveshafts because those driveshafts may be damaged.

Specifically, underbody heat and noise insulators may loosen and contact the aluminum driveshaft, which could damage the driveshaft and cause it to fracture.

This scenario can be dangerous for a number of reasons. A fractured driveshaft may cause loss of drive power, or loss of vehicle control if the driveshaft contacts the ground. Moreover, with a fractured driveshaft unintended movement could occur while parked if the parking brake is not engaged. Any of these situations increases the likelihood of a crash.

To fix the problem, dealers will inspect and repair the driveshaft as necessary, and properly attach the underbody insulators, at no cost to owners.

Owner notification letters will be mailed April 4. Owners can reach Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's reference number for this recall is 22S09.

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