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Ford Recalls 202K F-150 Pickups, Explorers

Second time in last two months for truck recall.

by on Dec.04, 2017

Ford recalled more than 200,000 2016 Ford F-150s and Explorers due to a problem with the front seats.

Ford Motor Co.’s F-Series pickup trucks may be the best-selling vehicles in America for nearly four decades, but they’re also creeping up a title the company may not want: most recalled vehicles.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker recalled more than 202,000 F-150s and Explorers for an issue with a front seat adjuster. The recall affects 2016 model year trucks with power front seats.

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A bolt on the seat adjuster may come loose or fall out, according to the company. If the front seat cushion is missing the upper left pivot bolt, it could move more in a collision, potentially increasing the chance of injury. 

Ford officials are not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

(Ford recalls 1.3 million F-Series trucks. Click Here for the story.) 

In mid-October, the company recalled. 1.3 million F-Series trucks in North America to resolve a door-latch problem. The recall involved about 1.1 million pickups in the U.S., plus 222,408 in Canada and 21,090 in Mexico.

Certain 2015-17 Ford F-150 pickups and 2017 Super Duty trucks had frozen door latches or damaged actuation cables that may prevent a door from opening or closing. The company added water shields to protect the door latches.

It also took a $267 million charge to cover the costs associated with the repair.

(Click Here for more about Ford addressing exhaust fume concerns with 1.4 million Explorer SUVs.)

Prior to that, the automaker recalled 1.4 million Ford Explorers to investigate possible exhaust fume leaks in the midsize utes. Ford told owners it will inspect the vehicles and, if necessary, make free repairs.

In the case of the current action involving the 202,000-plus trucks and SUVs, 177,264 were sold in the United States, 22,620 in Canada and 2,390 in Mexico.

The affected F-150s were those built at Dearborn or Kansas City assembly plants between Jan. 22 and April 19, 2016, or Explorers produced at the Chicago assembly plant during that same period.

(Ford to repair police interceptor versions of Explorer SUV. For the story, Click Here.)

The resolve the problem, dealers will measure the torque of the power seat track upper pivot link bolt. If the bolt passes the torque inspection, dealers will remove and clean the bolt, apply new threadlock, and reinstall the bolt to the specified torque at no charge.

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