Ford announced a recall on Monday for select 2021 F-150 and 2020-21 Super Duty truck models over concerns that their windshields may not stay in place during a crash, which could lead to increased risk of injury during a crash. The story was first reported on by CarScoops.
The F-150 models being recalled were produced in Dearborn from Oct. 27, 2020 to Feb. 3, 2021. The Super Duty models were built in Kentucky between Oct. 13, 2020 and Jan. 23, 2021.
We asked Ford for clarification on what caused this issue, whether it was an installation error or defective materials. A Ford representative replied with this statement:
“This safety compliance recall was not an installation issue. A non-conforming batch of the paint supplier’s flow additive within the clearcoat, and one specific primer, resulted in reduced bonding performance to the urethane adhesive used to attach the windshield to the vehicle body structure.”
The recall affects 87,350 trucks in North America, 79,017 of which were sold in the US. Luckily, it seems like the fix for this issue involves the dealer simply removing and reinstalling the windshield using standard service procedures.
If you are the owner of one of the affected trucks, you can expect to get a notice from Ford starting the week of April 6, 2021. Ford claims that no injuries have been reported as a result of this defect.