Potentially faulty drive shafts forced automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company to recall 402,462 Transits in North America this week at a cost of $142 million. It is the second of two massive quality control recalls for the company in less than a year. A defective coupling could allow the drive shaft to separate, “cutting off motive power, causing the vehicle to move while parked or damaging surrounding parts,” USA Today reports.
The recalled vans include model-years 2015 through 2017 and were assembled at Ford’s Kansas City, Missouri, plant from Jan. 17, 2014, to June 15, 2017. The company claims that it has not identified any crashes or injuries connected to this latest recall. The recall includes 370,630 Transits in the U.S. and Ford is working to contact all owners and let them know about the free repairs available for the defect.
The company is also working to identify a permanent fix for the defect, but explains a Transit will not need to be repaired until it has been driven 30,000 miles. Until a final fix is available, however, Ford will replace the flexible coupling every 30,000 miles.
Last year, Ford recalled nearly 2.4 million vehicles, setting the company back $640 million. According to USA Today, the recall was prompted by a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A defective pawl spring tab was the likely cause of vehicles’ doors flying open while the vehicle was being driven. That recall included 2013 to 2015 Ford C-MAX and Ford Escape, 2012 to 2015 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC and 2014 to 2016 Ford Transit Connect. As of last September, the company confirmed one accident and three injuries due to faulty doors.