Ford is recalling roughly 3,100 F-Series Super Duty ambulance trucks due to a problem with the the vehicles’ engines that can cause them to stop unexpectedly.
The problem: the recall affects Super Duty trucks with the 6.7 liter Power Stroke diesel V8 that contains a faulty exhaust gas temperature sensor. The defective sensor can cause the engines to stop and not allow them to be restarted for at least an hour. Ford acknowledges that the problem is not exclusive to ambulance-guise Super Dutys, but is not recalling non-ambulance vehicles. Drivers of non-ambulance vehicles will get a warning and enough time to safely pull off the road before the engine shuts down.
Affected vehicles: about 3,100 2011 and 2012 model year F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty ambulances with the 6.7 liter Power Stroke diesel engine. Most of the ambulances were sold in the United States, a few in Canada, and even fewer in other countries. Ford says that it has no reports of the problem affecting patient care.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: about 3,100.
The fix: a replacement of the exhaust gas temperature sensor at a Ford dealership.
Contacts: not available at time of publication.