Ford has announced three recalls affecting over 800,000 cars, the vast majority of which were previous-generation Ford Explorers. The Explorer recall affects 774,696 vehicles from the 2013 through 2017 model years that have significant levels of corrosion. The F-350 Super Duty and the Lincoln Aviator are also being recalled by Ford.
According to the manufacturer, a seized cross-axis ball joints in the Explorer may cause the rear suspension toe link to shatter. A seized ball joint may result in odd handling, a clanking noise, or a misaligned back wheel. A rear toe link fracture, on the other hand, might result in a loss of steering control, increasing the danger of an accident.
Ford claims to be aware of six cases involving injuries purportedly caused by this problem. Ford said it will start notifying owners the week of August 23.
Select 2020 and 2021 Ford F-150 Super Duty trucks are also being recalled. There is a problem with a weld on the rear axle housing and spring seats, according to Ford. Vehicles that are affected may have their rear driveline disconnect. Nearly 35,000 trucks equipped with the 6.7-liter engine and a single rear wheel axle are subject to recall. Ford didn't mention any accidents or injuries connected to this problem, but it will begin contacting owners the week of August 16.