Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Ford issues 4 safety recalls covering more than 1.2 million vehicles

Ford issues 4 safety recalls covering more than 1.2 million vehicles

The company says it is not aware of any injuries related to the defect.

Ford has recalled about 1.2 million Explorers after learning of a rear suspension problem that could increase drivers' risk of crashing, one of three recalls affecting vehicles sold in the U.S the automaker announced Wednesday.

Ford says a rear suspension toe link fracture can significantly diminish steering control increasing the risk of a crash.

In Canada, Ford has recalled more vehicles due to the toe link suspension issue, including select Ford Tuarus models from 2010 to 2017, Ford Flex models from 2009 to 2017, Lincoln MKS models from 2009 to 2015 and Lincoln MKT models from 2010 to 2017.

The automaker will alert owners of all Explorers made between May 17, 2010, through January 26, 2017 (2011-2017 models) of the issue.

Ford dealers will remove and replace left and right and rear suspension toe links and align the rear suspension. The Ford reference number for this particular recall is 19S17.

Ford is also recalling 123,000 Ford F-150 pickups from 2013 with 6-speed automatic transmissions that could potentially downshift into first gear unintentionally.

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The company added: 'Depending on vehicle speed, an abrupt transmission downshift to first gear without warning could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash'.

The fourth recall affects select 2009-2016 Ford Econoline vehicles equipped with a 5R110W transmission, 5.4-liter engine, and a school bus or ambulance prep package.

The Explorer recall will cost Ford an estimated $180 million that will show up in the company's second-quarter results, Ford said in a filing with US securities regulators.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332. The concerns, in this case, are with a weld in the clutch that could fail and prevent them from moving.

For more information on the recalls, check the Ford website. Some vehicles operated in these Canadian provinces may experience a fractured rear suspension toe link.

The company said it was aware of one report of a "crash with minor injuries related to this condition". Those recalls will only affect Canada.

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