An estimated 500,000 Ford vehicles have been announced to be under several recalls as of last week. While the company characterizes the problems as being one of “minor safety issues,” this is the second recall for Ford in a month.
MSN’s Tony Markovich reports that the half-million vehicle recall applies to vehicles sold on the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The vehicles included in the recall are F-series Super Duty trucks, 2020 Ford Explorers and Expeditions, and 2020 Lincoln Aviators. Among the issues is one with manual driver and passenger seat reclining capabilities. According to a press release issued by Ford last week, those vehicles which have a faulty seat mechanism may not securely restrain an occupant of a vehicle during a crash and can increase their risk of injury.
Other recall issues include the potential for steering gear corrosion in the Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, and MKX, and Ford Edge vehicles for model years 2013 – 2016. The defect could increase the chance for loss of power steering assist and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall affects vehicles sold in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that are exposed to higher levels of risk of corrosion, such as in areas where snow removal materials are used.
The third issue for recall is for front brake caliper seal contamination in Ford’s Fiesta in the 2019 model year. A smaller number of vehicles manufactured by Ford could have been exposed to fluid assemblies that were improperly labeled during manufacture. This defect can cause a leak that would eventually result in reduced functionality and brake drag and could cause a crash.
Owners of potentially affected vehicles may go to Ford Motor Company’s website and enter their vehicle’s VIN. Or they may also contact Ford’s Customer Relationship Center toll-free at (800) 398-3673. Ford will repair any defects within vehicles under recall free of charge to their customers.