Thu, 29 Jul 2021

Steering problem prompts recall of Ford Explorer SUVs

Robert Besser
21 Jul 2021, 15:08 GMT+10

DETROIT, Michigan: Ford Motor has announced the global recall of at least 775,000 Explorer SUVs from the 2013-2017 model years, following reports linking six injuries with a steering problem in the vehicles.

Officials believe the models may experience reduced steering control which could increase the risk of a crash, Reuters reported.

According to Ford, 676,152 vehicles will be recalled in North America, 59,935 in China, and 38,600 elsewhere. The affected vehicles in the U.S. are located in "high-rust" states, with cold weather, high humidity, and significant use of road salt, the company said.

Ford said it will begin notifying owners in late August. The recalled vehicles will be inspected by dealers, who will check the cross-axis ball joints and replace them if needed.

Ford has also announced two smaller recalls of other models, mostly in North America, adding it has not recorded any accidents, injuries, or fires related to the two recalls.

The automaker said it is recalling about 35,000 Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles from the 2020-2021 model year due to a weld issue and 41,000 Lincoln Aviator vehicles from the 2020-2021 model year due to an improperly secured battery cable wire harness, which could cause a short circuit or fire.

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