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Ford Issues 4 Safety Recalls, Including 1.2M Ford Explorer SUVs

Ford has announced four safety recalls in North America with one affecting 1.2 million 2011-2017 Ford Explorer SUVs in the U.S.

This recall of the SUVs is due to the risk that they “may experience a fractured rear suspension tow link,” according to reports. For this to happen, a driver could lose steering control. Dealers will repair and replace the tow link once owners are notified.

Affected vehicles were manufactured at the Chicago Assembly Plant between May 17, 2010 and Jan. 25, 2017.

A second recall covers 123,000 2013 Ford F-150 pickup trucks in North America. The recall is due to a potential transmission calibration issue. Ford says the powertrain control module software install was “incomplete” as part of another recall. Drivers of those affected vehicles could face an “unintended transmission downshift due to intermittent output speed sensor failure.”

The third recall involves 4,300 2009 – 2016 Ford Econoline vehicles. The recall here is due to the risk of a “capacitive discharge weld within a coast clutch component in the transmission.” The specific vehicles involved have the “5R110W transmission, 5.4-liter engine, and a school bus or ambulance prep package.”

The fourth recall is limited to Canada and involved 12,000 vehicles due to the risk of a fracture near the rear suspension toe link.

Consumers are urged to use the NHTSA’s website for active recalls using their VIN at this link. You can also sign up for NHTSA safety alerts for a specific vehicle, sign up at this link.

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