Ford Motor Company has recalled 1,26,000 Explorer models in the US as these vehicles are prone to rear suspension failure. These vehicles have suspension components which can break. According to CarScoops, the recalled models include the 2011-2013 model year Explorers which were earlier recalled in July of 2019 for the same issue.
Pre-affected vehicles can be serviced at Ford dealerships with a rear joint that has a tow link cross-axis ball joint attachment developed by ZF which can mess up and cause a fracture in the outboard section of the rear suspension toe link. It is possible. If the tow link breaks, it can reduce steering control, increasing the risk of an accident. As per the field data collected by Ford, the rear tow link is particularly vulnerable in high corrosion areas where road salt is used in winters.
There may be fault in these vehicles
The recall by Ford includes 39,747 Explorer models sold for the 2011 model year, 41,572 from the 2012 model year and 44,714 models sold for the 2013 model year. The affected vehicles were manufactured between May 17, 2010 and September 3, 2012. Specifically, the recall affects Explorer models that are registered or sold new in certain US areas such as Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts.
Part replacement process will start from November 1
Ford has informed that owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail from November 1 this year and will be advised to take their vehicle to the nearest local Ford or Link dealership. Engineers at the dealership will monitor the suspension of the affected vehicle and if they find that a replacement part is present from the previous recall, they will replace it and other parts as needed.
Will the repairing cost come to the customers?
The Ford dealership will do the inspection and replacement free of charge. That is, no charge will be charged from the customers for this. The automaker has also not notified any accident or accident due to the risk of suspension failure.
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