Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
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Ford recalling 2011-2017 Explorer for rear suspension problem

Ford recalling 2011-2017 Explorer for rear suspension problem

Ford Motor Company is issuing four new safety recalls for thousands of vehicles that are spread out across North America.

Customers can bring their vehicles to a dealership, where mechanics will replace the left- and right-hand rear suspension toe links with new, forged ones, and align the rear suspension.

The automaker said that a rear toe link that can break and reduce steering control.

Separately, Ford is planning to recall 12,000 vehicles in Canada only, for a similar toe link issue as the Explorers.

This action affects approximately 1.2 million vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, approximately 28,000 in Canada and one in Mexico.

Affected vehicles in that recall include the 2009 through 2015 Lincoln MKS; 2009 through 2017 Ford Flex; and 2010 through 2017 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKT if built in the company's Chicago or Oakville, Ontario plants and sold in Alberta, Manitoba or Saskatchewan.

In May, it announced a recall of almost 273,000 Ford Fusion and Ranger pickup trucks in North America that could roll away if the gear is not in "park" mode.

Vehicles recalled: 2011-17 Ford Explorer built at the Chicago assembly plant from May 17, 2010, to January 25, 2017.

While the Explorer recall was certainly the largest issued Wednesday by Ford, it wasn't the only one. Now there's another one, as Ford recently announced that select models of the 2011 - 2017 Explorers need to be recalled. A previous software update didn't work. If traveling at a high speed, this downshift could be risky and lead to a loss of control.

The recall covered 270,000 fusion cars from model years 2013 through 2016 which have a shifter cable that may detach from the transmission, allowing a driver to remove the ignition key when the vehicle is not in 'park'.

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.

Ford is issuing a safety recall for select 2009-16 Ford Econoline vehicles equipped with a 5R110W transmission, 5.4-liter engine, and a school bus or ambulance prep package. The concerns, in this case, are with a weld in the clutch that could fail and prevent them from moving.

Dealers will replace the coast clutch cylinder and the single-engaging coast one-way clutch with a dual-engaging one-way clutch.

For more information on the recalls, check the Ford website.

The problem: A link in the rear suspension may crack from heavy use.

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