Ford Motor Co. issued several recalls Wednesday, including one that affects more than 1.2 million Ford Explorer SUVs that could be at risk of losing steering control.
According to the recall, select 2011-17 Ford Explorer 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.
“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,” said the company in the recall.
Dealers will remove and replace left and right-hand rear suspension toe links with a new forged toe link and align the rear suspension.
The company is also recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups equipped with 5-liter and 6.2-liter gas engines that were insufficiently repaired in a previous recall. The pickups may be subject to a sudden transmission downshift that could cause them to lose control, causing a crash.
“Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this issue.”
Dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module with the appropriate software calibration. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S19.
For more information on the recall, click here