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Ford Electronic Throttle Body Recall Affects Models Across The Brand

April 26, 2017 By: LemonLaw Category: Car Lemon Law, Ford, Recall

Imagine driving at normal speed when suddenly your malfunction indicator lights up and you suffer reduced engine power.  The power steering, braking, lighting and climate control systems remain fully functional so you have no clear clue on what is occurring, however you know the vehicle no longer remains operational. We have seen this occur recently with several Ford clients.  After struggling with lack of power, these distressed drivers went time and time again to authorized Ford dealers only to be told the service department could not verify or duplicate the issue.  Finally, after repeated visits, these consumers had their electronic throttle body replaced which seemed to solve the stalling.

Apparently, in a variety of Ford vehicles, the electronic throttle body internal motor contacts may develop contamination resulting in increased electrical resistance.  If this happens, the MIL light will come on and the driver will experience a decreased amount of engine power and speed.  As a result of this Ford electronic throttle body situation, Ford is recalling a number of vehicles across the brand.   Under the Ford 16B32 recall, the following vehicles are covered:

2015 Ford Edge built 9/1/15-12/21/15 in Oakville, MI

2015-2016 Ford F-150 built 8/1/15 to 5/17/16 in Dearborn MI, 8/31/15 to 4/27/16 in Kansas City

2015-2016 Lincoln MKT built 9/1/15 to 5/10/16 in Oakville, MI

2015-2016 Police Interceptor Sedan built 9/1/15 to 3/19/16 in Chicago

2015-2016 Ford Escape built 9/1/15 to 3/14/16 in Louisville, KY

2015-2016 Ford Explorer built 8/4/15 to 5/25/16 in Chicago

2015-2016 Ford Flex built 9/22/15 to 4/14/16 in Oakville, MI

2015-2016 Ford Fusion built 9/15 to 2/29/16 in Flat Rock, MI, 9/1/15 to 4/4/16 in Hermosillo, Mexico

2016 Lincoln MKX built 9/1/5 to 5/16/16 in Oakville, MI

2016 Ford Mustang built 9/1/15 to 4/26/16 in Flat Rock, MI

2016 Police Interceptor Utility built 9/1/15 to 5/26/16 in Chicago

2016 Ford Taurus built 9/28/15 to 5/2/16 in Chicago

2016 Ford Transit built 9/1/15 to 5/21/16 in Kansas City

Owners of recalled vehicles should have received letters by now explaining the recall and the need to replace the Ford electronic throttle body. There is no mileage limit but the repairs must be performed by September 30, 2017.

If you think your vehicle is included in this recall and you have yet to receive a recall notice, contact your Ford dealership immediately.

In the meantime, if you have suffered continuous stalling issues with any of the above vehicles and you were back to a Ford authorized dealer repetitively or for an extended period of time, you may have the right to recourse even after they replace the Ford electronic throttle body.  Click here to submit your information and we will be glad to review your situation to determine if and how we can help.



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14 Responses to “Ford Electronic Throttle Body Recall Affects Models Across The Brand”

  1. #1 Karen Blower says:

    We have had nothing but trouble with or 2016 Ford escape, it has been in the ship more the 6 times, they even had to replace the transmission once all ready, and we still have power problems… they have factory reset it 3 or 4 times, we had radio issues and Bluetooth issues…. so frustrated with it it’s been to 3 different dealerships

    • State: Ohio
  2. #2 LemonLaw says:

    @Karen: You should certainly look into your lemon law rights. Visit if you would like us to review your situation and how we can help.

    • #3 patricia flick says:

      we just bought a 2014 F150 and we are currently going through a problem that seems like from what we have experienced that we have a throttle body problem. This site says this problem started in 2015 I have news from what Im reading and going through It started before that. I’m wondering if the costomer satisfaction campaign would apply to 2014 F150’s.

      • State: delaware
    • #4 LemonLaw says:

      @Patricia: Please fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form at and let’s see if and how we can help.

      • #5 Christiana Mayo-Tabron says:

        I have a 2016 Ford Fusion on Monday I was on the interstate driving and the car started stalling and going into shutdown mode. The check engine, airbag, wrench, and a message see manual popped up. On yesterday the same thing happened and I took my car to Auto Zone to get a diagnostic test and it came back as throttle Actuator control system. I am at ford today and found out this recall was issued an expires at the end of this month. But not one time have I received a recall notice.

        • State: Virginia
      • #6 Tim Greenwood says:

        2015 Ford Expedition El. I have the same problem. My Vehicle basically shuts down. 3 times in one day on a Sunday. I take it to a Ford dealership on Wednesday. They can’t get a code to read. Ford dealership says when the ignition gets shut off it clears the code. They tell me to drive it till it happens again, then leave it run call a tow truck leave it run while they tow it to the dealership so they can read the code. Thursday the next day it happens again, I was inches away from getting T-boned by a grain semi.
        So I limped it into a independent service shop they came out with their code reader and got me the code and it was the throttle body actuator, he told me he couldn’t even get the part and had to come from Ford. I called the dealership to see if there was a recall and they said there was not. The dealership suggested I call Ford Motor Company they started a case ID number for my case the dealership then calls me tells me I should have it fixed pay for it out of my pocket and if there’s a recall they may refund me my money. Tim Greenwood. Greenwood’s Grocery Farley, IA. 52046. (563) 590-0218

        • State: Iowa
      • #7 Kevin cameron says:

        Hello tim greenwood.

        The same thing is happening to my 2016 Ford Expedition. I am wondering what happened in your case and where it is now? Did you have to pay to get it fixed and if so how much did it cost?

        I really hope Ford takes care of you and the faulty part on engine.

        Very frustrating.

        Thank you in advance for any info you can provide to help me out in the same situation.


        • State: AZ
      • #8 David aoun says:

        I have a Ford Focus 2014 I drive and the car looses power and stop becouse the throttle body malfunctions I am lucky avoid accident but is too bad and dangerous

        • State: Florida
      • #9 Kelvin Lu says:

        I just got my 2015 Expedition EL diagnosed with a bad throttle body assembly. In my case I was able to drive it while it threw an engine light (code 2112) and it only completely failed when I was backing out to drive to the dealer.

        Having had 3 other Ford/Lincoln V8s from 2006-2010 run over 100k miles in a short period of time I know that a catastrophic failure like this before 50k miles is extremely unusual and even more so for a “certified pre-owned” that up until 6,000 miles prior was covered under a comprehensive warranty.

        Considering that this vehicle is still under a “drivetrain” warranty and that the vehicle cannot be driven I am trying to have Ford cover the cost of this repair less the $100 deductible.

        • State: UT
      • #10 Bubba Smith says:

        Own a 2016 Fusion HYBIRD. Received “customer satisfaction” letter to replace throttle body. Vehicle in Ford (local Yuba City) service last Thursday, “throttle body replacement never needed” per service writer? I called Ford toll free # (talked to a young man overseas?).Ford rep. Kevin said “supposed to replace throttle body” and discussed
        doing replacement with service writer over phone, three way conservation. After another day and talking to GM, service mgr, Ford rep hopefully work done RIGHT ? now need to discuss with FORD about SYNC issues with SYNC services.

        • State: CA
      • #11 Craig Hargrove says:

        Contained in your article about Ford Electronic Throttle Body, my car was mentioned. However, using the NHTSA web site and my VIN it did not show as a recall. I spoke to Ford locally (Dallas) which checked thier Oasis system but found no recall. The failure of electronic throttle body system which according to google web search is common has not been addressed, however, losing power, steering control and power brakes at 70 mph on a Dallas Freeway is problematic. My car is a 2016 Ford Fusion SE with a little over 40,000 miles which I bought new. Any updates on recall would be helpful.

        • State: TX
      • #12 Joey says:

        I just experienced this on Monday. Took my 16 fussion in and they told me that the recall campaign had ended in September and I would have to pay out of pocket. Is this right? I’m sill covered under factory warranty.

        • State: Texas
      • #13 Dave says:

        I have a 2015 F-150 that is having the same issue. It’s happened multiple times at various speeds. Took it to the dealer and they couldn’t find any problem according to the computer diagnostics. I mentioned the 16B32 “Customer Satisfaction Program” and they had no idea what I was talking about. This is extremely unsafe and frustrating. The truck only has 13,000 miles on it and so should still be covered under the so-called bumper to bumper warranty, however the Ford dealer still charged me $118 for the diagnostics; what a rip-off. So much for “Bumper to Bumper Warranty”!?!?
        Ford needs to establish a recall before they get sued for an unsafe vehicle.

        • State: California
      • #14 Ira Gerstler says:

        I was checking what was done for repairs at 90000 on my Ford 2012 Escape when I noticed a flag on their site guiding me to this Throttle body issue. This was my 1st and only awareness of this issue. It appears that ONLY after you experience it failing does FORD repair it for free. 2 weeks after reading this, I was on the highway coming home and the stalling issue with loss of power started. It is a very scary experience alone but at least I had had a heads up reading about the problem 2 weeks earlier. It “limped” home, stalling at every stop light but got it to my driveway. It had to be towed to Ford after New Years weekend and they did do the repair.
        My issue after this is:
        1 day after the repair, the check engine light came on. Without the same symptoms, I brought it to a local mechanic who read the code as a CATALYTIC CONVERTER issue. He said the throttle body failing and driving in limp mode caused fuel to enter the converter and ruined it. Now there is no mention that this could happen on the FORD site, and I am at 90000 miles with the catalytic converter warranty for up to 80000 miles. I am looking at an over $2000 repair, what is my recourse when one covered issue (throttle body unit failure) caused another (catalytic converter failure)?

        • State: New Jersey

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