F-150, Explorer, Expedition seats may detach in crash
BY PHOEBE WALL HOWARD
DETROIT FREE PRESS/TNS
DETROIT – Ford Motor Company issued a massive safety recall affecting 10 vehicles on Aug. 30 – including new versions of its popular Ford F-150, F-Series Super Duty, Expedition and bestselling Explorer – for issues including seats that may detach in a crash.
In addition, cars listed as potentially dangerous if not repaired include the Ford Fiesta, Fusion and Edge. A list of Lincoln vehicles also is included in the announcement that came on the eve of Labor Day weekend.
A statement released by Ford bundles the list of 665,154 vehicles into four safety recall categories for North America, noting that the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the problems. Consumers are urged to seek repair.
A recall for potential “lack of seat restraint in the event of a crash” includes:
Certain 2018-20 Ford F-150, 2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty, 2018-19 Ford Explorer and 201920 Ford Expedition vehicles with a manual driver and/or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanism, and Certain 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles with rear outboard seats with manual seat-back recliner mechanisms.
Ford said these affected vehicles may be missing a component required for seatback strength. A seatback with an improperly assembled recliner mechanism may have reduced strength and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
This action affects 483,325 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 58,712 in Canada and 8,149 in Mexico.
U.S. built trucks
Affected vehicles include:
2018-20 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant from Sept. 14, 2018, to Aug. 7, 2019, and Kansas City Assembly Plant from Sept. 11, 2018, through Aug. 2, 2019.
2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly Plant from Sept. 9, 2018, through July 22, 2019, and Ohio Assembly Plant from Sept. 11, 2018, through July 17, 2019.
2018-19 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from Sept. 9, 2018, through March 3, 2019.
2019-20 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly Plant from Oct. 16, 2018, through July 24, 2019.
2020 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from Nov. 21, 2018, through Aug. 21, 2019.
2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from April 12, 2019, through July 16, 2019.
Dealers will inspect the seat structure of affected vehicles. Most vehicles are expected to pass the inspection and not require repair.
If a repair is required, the dealer will replace the seat structure. There will be no charge to the customer for these services.
Loss of power-steering assist
Ford is issuing a safety recall for certain 2013-16 Ford Fusion, 2013-16 Lincoln MKZ, 2015-16 Ford Edge and 2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles in U.S. states and Canadian provinces with “high-corrosion” conditions, such as places with snow and salted roads. It is possible those vehicles could lose power-steering assist.
Vehicles that did not receive proper application of wax coating and are operated in high-corrosion environments associated with exposure to road salt may experience corrosion of the steering gear motor attachment bolts, Ford said.
This may result in the steering gear motor becoming loose or detaching from the gear housing, although the steering gear motor will not separate from the vehicle, Ford said.
What could happen
The company provided great detail to explain the steering problem: Detachment of the steering-gear motor from the gear housing would result in a loss of power-steering assist.
The steering system would default to base manual steering mode, allowing the vehicle to be steered in a safe and controlled manner. The amount of assist supplied is inversely proportional to vehicle speed, with the highest levels of assist provided at lower vehicle speeds.
Loss of power-steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may result in an increased risk of a crash.
This action affects 90,646 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, and 8,134 in Canada.
Vehicles built in U.S., Mexico
Ford said vehicles with potential power steering assist issues include:
2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant from Aug. 21, 2013, through June 14, 2015.
2013-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from Aug. 14, 2012, through June 28, 2015.
2013-16 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from Oct. 10, 2012, through June 28, 2015.
2015-16 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant from June 25, 2014, through June 26, 2015, and
2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant from Nov. 11, 2014, through June 26, 2015.
Dealers will replace steering gear motor-attachment bolts and apply wax sealer. If one or more of the steering gear motor-attachment bolts are broken or missing, dealers will install a new steering gear in the vehicle.
There will be no charge to the customer for these services.
2019 Fiesta too
The latest 2019 Ford Fiesta vehicles is included in the recall too for loss of brakes.
The company referred to “front brake caliper-seal contamination,” saying the brake calipers could develop a leak after being exposed to incorrectly labeled assembly fluid in production.
The production error that creates a leaking brake caliper “could eventually result in reduced braking function or drag, which could lead to the overheating of the brake pads, increasing the risk of a crash.”
This action affects 2,624 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories. Only 50 of these vehicles have been delivered to customers; the remainder are in dealer inventory and the issue will be remedied prior to customer delivery, Ford said.
Affected vehicles were built at Cuautitlan Assembly Plant from July 22, 2019, through Aug. 1, 2019. Dealers will flush the brake fluid and replace the front brake calipers and brake lines at no cost to customers.
Ford issued a special recall of select 2012-13 Ford Fiesta vehicles for potential battery junction-box corrosion in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
In affected vehicles, battery junction-box relay or fuse corrosion can lead to a loss of lowbeam headlamps and daytime running lamps while driving, Ford said.
This action affects 13,564 vehicles in Canada. Affected vehicles were built at Cuautitlan Assembly Plant from June 25, 2011, through April 27, 2013.