Ford is recalling 1.2 million Explorers due to a problem with their rear suspension.
This is a big one, so strap in. If you own a 2011-2017 model year Ford Explorer, you’ll likely need to get it in for repairs. This recall affects a whopping 1.2 million vehicles in America, with another 28,000 in Canada and one lonely Explorer down in Mexico.
At issue is a problem with the rear suspension. "Vehicles that are exposed to frequent full rear suspension articulation (jounce and rebound) may experience a fractured rear suspension toe link,” says Ford in their press release. A damaged toe link could lead to loss of steering control and increase the risk of a crash.
Ford is aware of one accident where a driver hit the curb a little too fast, but no injuries. Affected vehicles were all built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from May 17, 2010, to January 25, 2017.
Dealers will replace the busted toe links free of charge and then re-align the rear suspension. Expect to be contacted shortly to get your car in for repairs.
A similar issue is affecting various Ford vehicles in Canada, including the 2010-2017 Ford Taurus, 2009-2017 Ford Flex, 2009-2015 Lincoln MKS, and the 2010-2017 Lincoln MKT. About 12,000 vehicles are affected by this recall. Canadian owners can also be expecting Ford to contact them for free repairs.
And when it rains, it pours. Ford has announced another recall in the same press release for the 2013 Ford F-150 pickup equipped with either the 5.0-L or 6.2-L V8 engine. This recall is actually related to a previous recall that saw F-150s return home to get a reprogrammed powertrain control module. The module had defective code that would cause the transmission to suddenly downshift without warning, which was pretty scary to pickup owners.
During the first recall, some Ford dealers were given incomplete software to reprogram the control module, so it didn’t actually solve the issue. This time Ford promises they’ve got the right code to send to dealers to get the module reprogrammed so it doesn’t downshift to first gear whenever it wants.
About 123,000 F-150s in North America are affected by this recall. Ford will get in touch, or you can contact Ford customer service to see if your pickup needs to get in for repairs.