Ford Motor Co. is recalling its popular 2021 Bronco Sport for a second time, now for an incorrect lower control arm that could result in reduced vehicle stability and increase the risk of a rollover crash at maximum roof load.
This recall involves 106 vehicles built on Dec. 9; Ford estimated 50% are defective.
Ford Bronco Sport was just launched in November. Ford had sold 13,170 Bronco Sports in the U.S. through January, according to its sales reports.
The recall is posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website dated Feb. 16 with Ford documents attached. The company did not send out a media notice, as is routine, because the action affected fewer than 250 consumers.
Ford confirmed early Friday the second recall and notice information is available to consumers on the Ford website.
'Squeak and rattle'
David Johnson, director, service engineering operations, Ford customer service division, wrote federal officials on Feb. 17 that any incorrect front lower control arm will be replaced, and the front suspension will be aligned at no charge to the owner.
Ford said in the filing it is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to this issue.
Explaining how the safety problem occurred, Ford said:
"On December 11, 2020, a squeak and rattle audit at Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant identified a noise in the front LH (left hand) lower control arm. The team reviewed the part and determined that it was an incorrect part and not the one required for the Bronco Sport. Further investigation determined that the supplier (Martinrea) incorrectly built 25 LH (left hand) and 25 RH (right hand) parts into a maximum of 50 front suspension modules for Bronco Sport."