Ford Recalls Econoline School Buses, Ambulances for Weld Issue

June 13, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Econoline vehicles converted to school buses and ambulances are being recalled by Ford Motor Co. because a bad weld in the clutch could lead to a stall. The vehicles are from the 2009-2916 model years.

The issue most often occurs when the vehicle accelerates from a stop. The brakes, steering and engine would function normally, Ford said.

The approximately 4,300 vehicles recalled in the U.S. and Canada have not been responsible for any known accidents or injuries. A stall could cause children to be forced to transfer to another bus. A failure in an ambulance could delay a patient’s medical treatment.

The vehicles are equipped with an R110W transmission and a 5.4-liter engine. They were built at Ford’s Ohio Assembly plant between May 11, 2009, and Dec. 10, 2015.
As a result of the recall, dealers will replace the coast clutch cylinder and the single-engaging coast one-way clutch with a dual-engaging one-way clutch. The work will be done for free.

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