Ford issues recalls for three models, over 800,000 vehicles

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – Ford Motor Company has issued three safety recalls covering more than 800,000 vehicles in North America, for separate issues.

Ford Explorer (2013-2017)

Friday the company announced the recall of about 775,000 Ford Explorer SUVs for steering problems linked to reports of six injuries in North America. This recall applies worldwide and covers 2013-2017 model years which may have had a defective cross-axis ball joint. This can cause the rear suspension leg joints to crack, significantly reducing steering control and increasing the risk of a collision.

The recall covers 676,152 vehicles in North America. That includes vehicles found in high-corrosion states as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or in areas that experience a combination of cold winter weather with appreciable high humidity levels and significant use of road salt.

Another 736,087 vehicles were recalled in China and elsewhere around the world including 13,162 in Europe and 190 in South America. The recalled vehicles were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant between September 4, 2012 and September 30, 2017, as well as the Elabuga Assembly Plant in Russia between January 28, 2013 and July 28, 2017.

The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S32.

Ford F-350 Super Duty (2020-2021)

Ford recalled another model, the F-350 Super Duty, due to a rear axle seat interface weld joint issue. This problem is for about 35,000 vehicles with 6.7 liter engines.

The vehicle involved may experience rear driveline disconnection. Customers may feel vibrations and/or shocks when driving at highway speeds, and/or shaking when accelerating. If any of the driveshafts is disconnected, the customer may experience loss of propulsion while driving or loss of parking transmission function if the parking brake is not applied, which increases the risk of an accident.

The move affects 34,855 vehicles in North America, with the remainder of the vehicles found at Ford’s International Markets Group. The towed vehicle was made at the Kentucky Truck Plant between August 6, 2020, and May 15 this year. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S31.

Lincoln Aviators (2020-2021)

In its third recall issued Friday, Ford recalled more than 40,000 model year 2020 and 2021 Lincoln Aviators equipped with 3.0-liter gas engines because the dough cable harness may not be properly secured, which may allow contact with the compressor pulley A/X, creating possible fire.

Notifications will be sent to owners starting the week of July 30th. The dealer will inspect the vehicle, and:

  • If there is no evidence that the battery cable has touched the A/C compressor pulley, they will add a strap near the frame rail between the battery cable harness and the engine compartment harness.
  • If one of the small gauge circuits is damaged, the dealer will add a strap near the frame rail between the battery cable and the engine compartment harness and replace the A/C compressor belt.
  • If any of the four large gauge circuits is damaged, the dealer will inspect the wiring harness and replace the battery cable harness and will also add a tie near the frame rail between the battery cable harness and engine compartment harness and replace the A/C compressor belt.

The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S34.

Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or fires related to the F-350 and the affected Airmen.

In all cases, the owner will be notified of the withdrawal. The dealer will inspect the affected part to determine if replacement is required.

More information on Ford recalls can be found HERE.

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