Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall on 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles for an improperly coined seat-frame edge that cuts users hands. Affected Explorers are equipped with power seats and may have seat frames with sharp edges. Customers could come in contact with the sharp edges when reaching between the power front seat and center console, presenting the risk of injury.
It took 31 reports of hand injuries before Ford acted on replacing the dangerous part. This is the seventh safety defect recall – thus far – on the 2017 model Explorer.
Dealers will install flocked tape to the exposed edge and tab on the inboard side of the power seat frames. Customers are advised to use caution and avoid contact with the seat frame edge until the repair is completed.
The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S29. This recall affects 311,907 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 23,380 in Canada and 3,045 in Mexico. Affected vehicles were built at Chicago Ass to ensure they were following theembly Plant from Feb. 13, 2016, to Oct. 25, 2017.
Ford did not name the supplier or say where the part came from. NHTSA has not made public the required Ford safety defect filing so far. (Subsequent reporting revealed Adient US, Plymouth MI as the supplier to Tier Three supplier E&E Corp. – editor)