Ford Motor Company is issuing four safety recalls affecting 652,000 vehicles in North America. In a classic “bury the bad news” on the beginning of the U.S. Labor Day holiday, Ford in a release said affected vehicles have the possible lack of seat restraint in the event of a crash, loss of power-steering assist and leaking brake calipers.
Ford says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with any of these potentially life-threatening defects.
Safety Recall for Unsafe Seatbacks
Ford is issuing a safety recall for:
- 2018-20 Ford F-150, 2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty, 2018-19 Ford Explorer and 2019-20 Ford Expedition vehicles with a manual driver and/or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanism, and
- 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles with rear outboard seats with manual seat-back recliner mechanisms.
Vehicles may be missing the third pawl required for seatback strength. A seatback with an improperly assembled recliner mechanism “may have reduced strength and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.” The Ford reference number for this recall is 19C07.
Affected vehicles include 2018-20 Ford F-150 vehicles built at:
- Dearborn Assembly from Sept. 14, 2018, to Aug. 7, 2019, and
- Kansas City Assembly from Sept. 11, 2018, through Aug. 2, 2019
2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles built at:
- Kentucky Assembly from Sept. 9, 2018, through July 22, 2019, and
- Ohio Assembly from Sept. 11, 2018, through July 17, 2019
- 2018-19 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly from Sept. 9, 2018, through March 3, 2019
- 2019-20 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly from Oct. 16, 2018, through July 24, 2019
- 2020 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly from Nov. 21, 2018, through Aug. 21, 2019, and
- 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles built at Chicago Assembly from April 12, 2019, through July 16, 2019.
Safety Recall for Potential Loss of Power Steering
Ford is issuing a safety recall for 2013-16 Ford Fusion, 2013-16 Lincoln MKZ, 2015-16 Ford Edge and 2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles in U.S. states and Canadian provinces with high-corrosion environments.
Vehicles that did not receive proper application of wax coating and are operated in high-corrosion environments associated with exposure to road salt may experience corrosion of the steering gear motor attachment bolts. This may result in the steering gear motor becoming loose or detaching from the gear housing, although the steering gear motor will not separate from the vehicle.
Detachment of the steering-gear motor from the gear housing would result in a loss of power-steering assist. The steering system would default to base manual steering mode, allowing the vehicle to be steered in a safe and controlled manner. The amount of assist supplied is inversely proportional to vehicle speed, with the highest levels of assist provided at lower vehicle speeds. Loss of power-steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may result in an increased risk of a crash.
This action affects 90,646 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, and 8,134 in Canada.
Affected vehicles include:
- 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly from Aug. 21, 2013, through June 14, 2015
- 2013-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly from Aug. 14, 2012, through June 28, 2015
- 2013-16 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly from Oct. 10, 2012, through June 28, 2015
- 2015-16 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly from June 25, 2014, through June 26, 2015, and
- 2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly from Nov. 11, 2014, through June 26, 2015.
Recall of 2019 Ford Fiesta vehicles for front brake caliper-seal contamination
Ford is recalling 2019 Ford Fiesta vehicles for brake calipers that could develop a leak after being exposed to incorrectly labeled assembly fluid in production. A leaking brake caliper could eventually result in reduced braking function or drag, which could lead to the overheating of the brake pads, increasing the risk of a crash.
This action affects 2,624 vehicles in the United States and federal territories. Only 50 of these vehicles have been delivered to customers; the remainder are in dealer inventory and the issue will be remedied prior to customer delivery.
- Affected vehicles were built at Cuautitlán Assembly from July 22, 2019, through Aug. 1, 2019.