Ford recalls over 1.3M vehicles for suspension, transmission issues

13 Juin, 2019, 02:27 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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A sign with the Ford logo is posted in front of a dealership in Northern California

Ford is recalling 1.2 million sport utility vehicles in the United States over suspension issues that the auto giant said could affect steering.

Ford Motor Company issued four safety recalls in a news release Wednesday morning.

Ford is recalling 1.2 million select 2011-17 Ford Explorer vehicles in the USA due to a problem with suspension which can reduce steering control. A defect could cause a portion of the rear suspension to fracture, making it harder for the driver to steer.

Affected vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 17, 2010 to January 25, 2017. They have a similar problem with their toe links.

One customer reported hitting a curb when the toe link broke, but Ford said it is not aware of any reports of injury related to the issue. The announcement said the company is not aware of any injuries related to the defect.

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The automaker said that a rear toe link that can break and reduce steering control.

The reference number for the recall of Ford Explorers is 19S17.

About 123,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks have also been recalled. Those vehicles were assembled at Ford's Dearborn plant between May 7, 2012, and October 27, 2013; and its Kansas City plant from April 18, 2012, to November 18, 2013. The recall population had already received new powertrain control module software, but the programming may not prevent the transmission from an unintended downshift into first gear.

Earlier this year, Ford recalled 953,000 vehicles, including 782,000 in the United States, as part of the Takata airbag inflator recall.

Ford is issuing a safety recall for select 2009-16 Ford Econoline vehicles equipped with a 5R110W transmission, 5.4-liter engine, and a school bus or ambulance prep package. Affected vehicles were built at Ohio Assembly Plant, May 11, 2009 to December 10, 2015.

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