Recently, two automakers announced safety recalls for diverse problems on various models that are popular fleet vehicles.
Ford Motor Company is recalling an estimated 453,650 2021-2022 F-150 vehicles for a visibility issue. Specially, the front windshield wiper motor may become inoperative, causing the wipers to fail.
Inoperative windshield wipers can reduce the driver’s visibility in certain conditions, increasing the likelihood for a collision.
To fix the problem, dealers will replace the front windshield wiper motor, at no cost to owners. Owner notification letters will be mailed Jan. 3, 2023. Owners can reach Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's reference number for this recall is 22S71. Ford also notes that this recall expands previous recall number 22V-142.
Separately, Stellantis is recalling approximately 248,342 2020-2023 Ram 2500 and 2020-2022 Ram 3500 vehicles for a fire risk. Specifically, a build-up of pressure and heat inside the transmission may result in a transmission fluid leak from the dipstick tube.
This is a hazardous situation, as a leaking transmission fluid may contact an ignition source within the engine compartment, increasing the chances for a fire.
The remedy for the problem is currently under development, according to the manufacturer. Owner notification letters will be mailed Dec. 30, 2022. Owners may contact Stellantis customer service at (800) 853-1403. Stellantis' number for this recall is ZA3.