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Ford Explorer Recalled for Suspension Problem

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Ginger Lawrence | 13 June, 2019, 19:13

Ford said it is aware of one crash involving minor injuries associated with the problem.

The model most affected by the series of recalls are Ford Explorer SUVs that were made between 2011 and 2017 due to an issue with suspension toe link fractures, which can diminish steering control, the company announced Wednesday.

On vehicles that see frequent full rear suspension articulation - that is, that regularly exercise the rear suspension across its full range of motion - the suspension's toe link could fracture, making the truck harder to control.

However, the company did mention that one customer reported hitting a curb when one of the toe links broke.

They were built between May 2010 and January 2017 at the Chicago assembly plant, the automaker said.

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 recall is 19S17.

In addition, Ford recalled 123,000 F-150 pick-up trucks with 6-speed automatic transmissions because of a transmission calibration issue. A previous software update didn't work.

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A vehicle without the intended 19S07 calibration remains at risk for unintended transmission downshift due to intermittent output speed sensor failure. The downshifting could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

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.

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 USA securities regulators.

Vehicles that did not undergo the 19S07 reprogramming are not affected by the current recall and will receive updated software under the existing 19S07 program, Ford said.

The problem: The culprit here is a substandard weld that could fatigue and fail, especially when drivers are accelerating from a stop.

The company will also replace the coast clutch cylinder and the single-engaging coast one-way clutch for the 5.4-liter engine for loss of motive power issue.

Ford is issuing a safety recall in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan for select 2010-17 Ford Taurus, 2009-17 Ford Flex, 2009-15 Lincoln MKS and 2010-17 Lincoln MKT vehicles. Those recalls will only affect Canada. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S18.