Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Ford recalling 1.2 million Explorers for suspension issue

Ford recalling 1.2 million Explorers for suspension issue

The Ford Motor Company recalled about 1.2 million Explorers because a rear suspension problem could compromise steering, putting drivers at risk of crashing.

The fix in both recalls will see dealers replace the left- and right-hand rear suspension toe links with new forged units and re-align the suspension.

Should the component break, Ford claims that it will significantly decrease steering control, increasing the risks of a crash.

While the Explorer toe link fracture led only to a single report so far or a truck hitting a curb, the Canadian sedan recall has resulted in at least one crash involving minor injuries.

The recall will affect more than 1.2 million vehicles.

Ford is also rolling out revised transmission software for 123,000 F-150 pickups equipped with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module with the appropriate software calibration. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S17.

The recall, which is expected to cost $180m (£140m), affects Ford Explorers made in the USA firm's Chicago plant between 2010 and 2017.

In addition, in Canada it has recalled 12,000 2010-17 Ford Taurus, 2009-17 Ford Flex, 2009-15 Lincoln MKS and 2010-17 Lincoln MKT vehicles, because of a a rear suspension toe link fracture.

Depending on vehicle speed, an abrupt transmission downshift to first gear without warning could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash, the Ford announcement said. They have a similar problem with their toe links.

Vehicles that did not undergo the 19S07 reprogramming are not affected by the current recall and will receive updated software under the existing 19S07 program, Ford said. The affected vehicles range from model year 2009 through 2017.

The model: Next up are 2009-2016 Ford Econolines with 5.4-liter engines.

If you plug your car's 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA's website and a recall doesn't appear, it means your vehicle doesn't now have any recalls.

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