Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a recall for some 83,250 vehicles in the US, for an issue with halfshafts. More specifically a "halfshaft retention circlip" might not have been properly installed on affected vehicles, with the result being halfshafts that may move improperly or disengage completely from the linkshaft while driving. The NHTSA release also notes that the issue may occur "without prior warning" which obviously factors in to the timeliness of getting this checked.

Should the halfshaft disengage, a few troubling things could happen. If it occurs while driving, power from the engine will no longer be transmitted to the wheels. And, if the vehicle is parked without the parking brake applied after disengagement of the circlip, vehicles may roll away even if they're transmissions have been placed in "Park."

Affected vehicles are as follows: Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers from model years 2012 to 2014; Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans from model years 2013 to 2014; Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles from model years 2013 to 2014.

Please check the press release below for more specific information regarding affected vehicles, and to find contact information for Ford if you suspect your vehicle may be part of this recall.
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RECALL Subject : Halfshaft Disengagement/Loss of Drive/Roll Away
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V393000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 83,250
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Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning.
If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park', increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by August 29, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S10.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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      • 11 Months Ago

      Jeesh another recall for GM what the heck is going on with that company? Doesn't anyone there know what they are doing I mean..... Oh this is Ford. Never mind.

      • 11 Months Ago

      This issue has been around for a while. I took this video of my 2012 Edge Sport when it started making a noise in the front end. Halfshaft retention parts were replaced to fix it.

      • 11 Months Ago
      Ford customers half-shafted. Story at 11:00
      • 11 Months Ago

      Half shaft? Sounds like an STD.

      Larry Litmanen
      • 11 Months Ago *Edited*

      Me personally i always keep my halfshaft in good shape, always clean and polished, tip top and ready to go at the moments notice.

      You know, for the ladies.

      • 11 Months Ago

      If they put real limited slip differentials in the car (not the brake ruining torque vectoring excuse) the car would still be able to drive if a half-shaft comes out.

      But since they flock to $$$ saving open diffs, power is transmitted to whichever side is easier to turn i.e. the power goes to the side where the half-shaft just came out.

      Edit: Obviously you wouldn't drive with a broken shaft, but at least you'd be able to limp it a few feet to get it off the road instead of pushing it.

      • 11 Months Ago

      this company is unreal they catch potential problems with there vehicles much quicker then anyone else,kudo's to Ford.

      • 11 Months Ago

      Thank God this does not invove my gmas. That thing has had enough issues in its young lifetime already!

        That Guy
        • 11 Months Ago

        That's that famous Ford quality all of the Ford slappies love to spew endlessly about. The reality though is that Fords are garbage and big Al pit profits ahead of quality by a large amount

      • 11 Months Ago

      Tsk Tsk, Blame Canada!

      • 11 Months Ago

      Why isn't the Explorer listed? It rides on the same platform as the Taurus.

        • 11 Months Ago

        Likely built on a different line. This was a line employee error or procedure error. Go UAW! 

          Jamie Houk
          • 11 Months Ago

          With that many vehicles it would almost have to be a procedure or design problem. I would not be so quick to blame the UAW or a single line worker. 

          • 11 Months Ago

          but it wasnt all of them, so only a group of people screwed up. This would not be the first time one single person has been the focus of a recall this size. 

      • 11 Months Ago


      That Guy
      • 11 Months Ago

      Nice to see Big Al's business model of "profits before anything else " working out so well. 

      They've already recalled the POS Transient and the Lincoln Escape rebadge too. 

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