Ford has recalled 1.2 million cars over an issue with the car’s suspension which could affect the steering and cause a crash. The recall affects Ford Explorer cars in the US made between May 17, 2010, to Jan. 25, 2017 at the firm’s Chicago plant. Collectively, the recall is set to cost around $180million (£140million). The company issued a statement which details how the issue affects the car and the driver.
It said: “Vehicles that are exposed to frequent full rear suspension articulation (jounce and rebound) may experience a fractured rear suspension toe link.
“A fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall occurred as a result of a customer’s car being affected by the problem.
“One customer reported hitting a curb when the toe link broke. Ford is not aware of any reports of injury related to this condition in markets included in this action.
“This action affects approximately 1.2 million vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, approximately 28,000 in Canada and one in Mexico.
“Affected vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 17, 2010 to Jan. 25, 2017.”
Motorists with affected cars should take their vehicle to a dealership to have the repair work completed.
Dealers will remove and replace the left and right-hand rear suspension toe links with a new forged toe link and align the rear suspension.
Separately, Ford is also recalling a number of other cars including the F-150, Ecoline, Taurus, Flex and Lincoln cars.
Select 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with 5.0-litre and 6.2-litre gasoline engines are being recalled which had the powertrain control module software reprogrammed.
The module software used to service the vehicle was incomplete and did not have the updates necessary to prevent a potential unintended downshift into the first gear.
No accidents or crashes have been reported as a result of the issue.
This action affects approximately 123,000 vehicles in North America, including approximately 107,850 in the United States and federalized territories and approximately 15,200 in Canada.
Affected vehicles were built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, May 7, 2012 to Oct. 27, 2013, and Kansas City Assembly Plant, April 18, 2012 to Nov. 18, 2013.
In addition to this, there is a recall of 2009-16 Ford Econoline vehicles with 5.4-litre engine for loss of motive power issue.
It affects 4,300 vehicles in North America, including 3,868 in the United States and federalized territories and 445 in Canada. Affected vehicles were built at Ohio Assembly Plant, May 11, 2009 to Dec. 10, 2015.
There is also separate safety recalls of select 2010-17 Ford Taurus, 2009-17 Ford Flex, 2009-15 Lincoln MKS and 2010-17 Lincoln MKT vehicles for rear suspension toe link fracture issue in Canada only.
Affected vehicles include:
• 2010-17 Ford Taurus vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, July 2, 2009 to May 25, 2017
• 2009-17 Ford Flex vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, May 7, 2008 to May 16, 2017
• 2009-15 Lincoln MKS vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 28, 2008 to Sept. 10, 2015
• 2010-17 Lincoln MKT vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, July 28, 2009 to May 29, 2017
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