Thursday, June 13, 2019

UPDATED: Ford Recalling 1.2 Million Explorers for Diminished Steering Control


UPDATE: This article is updated with an official statement from Ford Philippines (6/16).

Ford is recalling 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 to 2017 model years because of an issue that diminishes steering control. In turn, this makes them hard to steer and increases the risk of a crash.

Ford says that Explorer SUVs that are exposed to frequent full rear suspension articulation (jounce and rebound) may experience a fractured rear suspension toe link. One customer reported hitting a curb when the toe link broke. Ford is not aware of any reports of injury related to this condition.

To correct this, Ford will remove and replace both left- and right-hand rear suspension toe links with new forged ones and will also align the rear suspension. The recall affects units built at its Chicago Assembly Plant from May 17, 2010 to January 25, 2017.

Though the recall currently only affects North American models (U.S., Canada, and Mexico), we have reached out to Ford Philippines to find out if Philippine models (also assembled in the Chicago Assembly Plant) are affected. This article will be updated.

Ford Philippines has responded with this statement: No Ford Explorer vehicles in the Philippines are included in this recall announcement.

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