Ford recalls 28,000 Explorers in Canada over increased crash risk

Darnell Taylor
June 13, 2019

Dealers intend to remove and replace left and right-hand rear suspension toe links with a new forged toe link and align the rear suspension. The automaker said vehicles that frequently ride over rough terrain could experience a fracture in the toe link, which "significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash".

In Canada, Ford has recalled more vehicles due to the toe link suspension issue, including select Ford Tuarus models from 2010 to 2017, Ford Flex models from 2009 to 2017, Lincoln MKS models from 2009 to 2015 and Lincoln MKT models from 2010 to 2017.

Ford is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles mainly in the fix rear suspension and transmission control software problems.

The reference number for the Ford F-150 recall is 19S19.

Affected vehicles were built at Chicago Assembly Plant, May 17, 2010 to January 25, 2017.

The model: The auto manufacturer has issued a recall on select 2011-2017 Explorers, specifically those built in the Chicago Assembly Plant between May 17, 2010 and January 25, 2017.

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The Explorer SUV recall applies to 2011 to 2017 model Explorer models. A previous software update didn't work. Depending on vehicle speed, an abrupt transmission downshift to first gear without warning could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. However, it said it was not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to the issue.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.

Ford is also recalling select 2013 F-150s with 6-speed automatic transmissions. And it is recalling 4,300 Ford Econoline vehicles from model years 2009 to 2016 which are used as ambulances or school buses.

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.

The problem: The troublesome part is the toe link, which helps keep tires planted on the ground and pointing in the correct direction. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S20.

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