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Another recall has been issued, this time from Ford Motor Company. This one concerns its full-size body-on-frame Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models, some examples of which suffer from weak head restraints that could fail in accidents, causing occupant injury.
Ford says that the issue concerns insufficient welds on the head restraint support brackets, on the right hand side second row seat only, the other seats in these vehicles are not affected by the recall.
Owners of 2012 Expedition and Navigator models built between November 19, through December 2, 2011 (some 569 vehicles in all), are urged to contact their nearest Ford or Lincoln dealer who will replace the faulty headrests free of charge.
Affected vehicle owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236, referencing recall campaign 12V034000, or Ford Motor Company at 1-866-436-7332.
The 2012 Expedition/Navigator recall marks the second time in two years that Ford SUVs have been affected by seat issues; last summer the Blue Oval announced it was recalling 2011 model year Explorers, built between July 15 and December 13 2010, for faulty second row seat reclining mechanisms.
It was inevitable. With much of the full-size, body-on-the-frame competition adopting standard Trailer Sway Control, Toyota has now added it to the 2012 Sequoia SUV.
Another feature, new on the big truck for 2012, is a blind spot monitoring system, offered on top-level Platinum trim rigs, designed to reduce the risk of Sequoia drivers pulling out in front of other motorists.
Otherwise, things are much as before, three trim levels, SR5, Limited and the previously mentioned Platinum, two engines (a standard 4.6-liter V8 with 310 hp and a 5.7-liter iForce unit with 381 hp), six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode, four-wheel independent suspension, a choice of two or four-wheel drive (the latter with a two-speed electronically activated transfer case and locking Torsen center diff), second and third row split folding seats, plus a 7400 lb max towing capacity.
All 2012 Sequoias come with Toyota’s standard 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty, while powertrain defects are covered for up to 60,000 miles and body corrosion for 5 years. Given the lack of change and rumors circulating that there probably won’t be a next generation Sequoia (at least one like this), if you’re in the market for such a vehicle, it’s probably best to try and get one while you still can.