Ford recalls 1.2 million vehicles in USA over suspension fault

Andrew Cummings
June 13, 2019

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.

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Three recalls cover 1.3 million vehicles in North America, the fourth safety recall covers vehicles in Canada.

Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday its North American unit will spend $180 million to correct a suspension issue in Explorer vehicles. The toe link issue led to one customer hitting a curb when it broke, Ford said.

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

Ford says a rear suspension toe link can break if the suspension moves a lot.

And in February, Ford recalled almost 1.5 million pickup trucks in North America because the transmissions can suddenly downshift into first gear.

In addition, Ford recalled 123,000 F-150 pick-up trucks with 6-speed automatic transmissions because of a transmission calibration issue.

A safety recall on 12,000 vehicles - select 2010 to 2017 models of Ford Taurus, 2009 to 2017 models of Ford Flex, 2009 to 2015 models of Lincoln MKS and 2010 models of Lincoln MKT - also for a suspension defect.

The software used to service the recall was incomplete and did not have the updates necessary to prevent a potential unintended downshift into first gear or the updates necessary to ensure illumination of the malfunction indicator, Ford said.

Anyone affected by any of the above-listed recalls should take their vehicle into a dealer for repairs. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S19.

The second largest USA automaker issued three safety recalls in North America and one for Canada.

The Explorers make up 1.2 million of the recalled vehicles and are all on the road in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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