The safety recall for select 2011 to 2018 Ford Explorers was issued after the company became aware that vehicles exposed to bumpy driving conditions may experience a broken rear suspension toe link, which significantly diminishes steering control.
Ford dealers will remove and replace left and right and rear suspension toe links and align the rear suspension. Possible fractured toe links in these select models mean the SUVs could lose steering control and be at risk of crashing.
One customer reported running into a curb when a link broke, but Ford says it's not aware of any injuries.
The Explorers make up 1.2 million of the recalled vehicles and are all on the road in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
The recall is the largest of three recalls of vehicles sold in the United States, the automaker announced Wednesday. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S17.
Affected vehicles were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from May 17, 2010, to January 25, 2017.
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'. However, it said it was not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to the issue.
The plan: The manufacturer aims to recall 4,300 vans, which were built at the Ohio Assembly Plant between May 11, 2009 and December 10, 2015.
It includes select 2011-17 Ford Explorer vehicles for rear suspension, select 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles with 6-speed automatic transmission and select 2009-16 Ford Econoline vehicles with 5.4-liter engine for loss of motive power issue.
The model: Next up are 2009-2016 Ford Econolines with 5.4-liter engines.
The problem: The troublesome part is the toe link, which helps keep tires planted on the ground and pointing in the correct direction. The concerns, in this case, are with a weld in the clutch that could fail and prevent them from moving.
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