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Ford Recalls 75,000 Explorers

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On: Tue, May 24, 2016 at 10:07AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Ford Recalls 75,000 Explorers

If you own a newer Ford Explorer, it might be best to listen up. Ford has issued a recall of 75,346 model year 2014-15 Explorers. It seems that the models in question may have a defect from the factory in which the toe links on the rear suspension could have potentially been welded incorrectly. The models that may be affected were built between January 17, 2014 through May 31, 2014.

If the toe link does have a fault in its weld, and does break, it could cause serious problems for the driver. A broken toe link could cause the driver to lose control of the steering and thus could cause a crash resulting in injury to the driver, passengers, or pedestrians or other drivers.

Ford has said they will begin notifying owners soon, and will replace the toe links for free. The recall is slated to begin this month. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 with questions or to set up a time to repair their Explorer. Read on for the full report...


Component(s): SUSPENSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 75,364
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured January 17, 2014 to May 31, 2014. The affected vehicles may have improperly welded rear suspension toe links that may fracture.

CONSEQUENCE:
A fracture of the rear suspension toe link may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear suspension toe links, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S18.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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