Ford is recalling 285,840 vehicles in five different campaigns over issues ranging from faulty suspension components to rupturing tires.
The largest recall action affects 202,000 vehicles including the 2011-2012 Ford F-150 and the 2012 Ford Expedition, Mustang and Lincoln Navigator. In these vehicles, the transmission can unexpectedly shift into first gear, causing an abrupt speed reduction and the rear tires to lockup.
Ford has three accident reports related to this issue, but no injuries have been reported. Dealers will update the powertrain control module software to prevent the fault and will provide a one-time replacement of the lead frame within 10 years or 150,000 miles from the warranty start date.
In the next recall campaign, Ford is bringing back 81,000 units of the 2014-2015 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor Utility. In these vehicles, the rear right suspension toe links can fracture due to poor weld quality, possibly causing loss of control.
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Ford knows of one injury and accident related to this issue. Dealers will replace the left and right rear suspension toe links and align the suspension to fix the issue.
Next up, Ford is bringing back 2600 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickups from the 2016 model year. On these trucks, the tires may be damaged, leading to a rupture during use. Ford doesn’t know of any accidents caused by this problem, and will inspect and replace the tires if necessary.
Ford says the last two are “safety compliance” recalls, and both affect small numbers. The first campaign is bringing back 200 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable units from the 2007 to 2012 model years. The chemical for the second-stage airbag deployment could be missing in these cars.
Ford is not aware of any injuries related to this issue. Dealers will replace the driver-side airbag module free of charge.
Lastly, Ford is calling back just 40 Fusion sedans from the 2016 model year. The brand says that the seat mounting bracket may have been improperly welded, resulting in reduced strength. Ford dealers will replace the whole assembly.
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