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The safety recall for select 2011 to 2018 Ford Explorers was issued after the company became aware that vehicles exposed to bumpy driving conditions may experience a broken rear suspension toe link, which significantly diminishes steering control. So far, Ford says they have only had one reported crash and no injuries reported.
This action affects approximately 1.2 million vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, approximately 28,000 in Canada and one in Mexico.
Separately Ford said it was recalling about 123,000 F-150 vehicles because of a transmission calibration issue. The powertrain control module software used to service these vehicles in accordance with recall 19S07 was incomplete.
The company added: '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'.
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. Those vehicles have a weld in the clutch that could fail, preventing them from moving. Those recalls include vans that have a school bus or ambulance prep package.
If you plug your car's 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA's website and a recall doesn't appear, it means your vehicle doesn't now have any recalls. A defect could cause a portion of the rear suspension to fracture and make it harder for the driver to steer. Ford said it is aware of one crash involving minor injuries associated with the problem.
Dealers will replace the left and right toe links, which keep weight on the tires.