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.