Ford Recalls 1.3M Vehicles For Suspension, Transmission Issues

Explorer sits on display at the Miami Beach International Auto Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Nov. 12 2015 in Miami Beach Fla

Vehicles that have been exposed to frequent full rear suspension articulation (jounce and rebound) have a chance of experiencing fractured rear suspension toe links.

Ford said it doesn't know of any related injuries, though one driver struck a curb after the vehicle's rear toe link broke. The announcement said the company is not aware of any injuries related to the defect.

Three recalls cover 1.3 million vehicles in North America, the fourth safety recall covers vehicles in Canada.

The SUVs in question were built at Ford's Chicago plant, between May 17, 2010, and January 25, 2017. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S17.

Ford is also recalling 123,000 Ford F-150 pickups from 2013 with 6-speed automatic transmissions that could potentially downshift into first gear unintentionally. The powertrain control module software used to service these vehicles in accordance with recall 19S07 was incomplete. A previous software update didn't work. The software also did not have updates needed to ensure the malfunction indicator light illuminates in the event of an intermittent transmission output speed sensor signal. Those vehicles were assembled at Ford's Dearborn plant between May 7, 2012, and October 27, 2013; and its Kansas City plant from April 18, 2012, to November 18, 2013.

The Explorer recall will cost Ford an estimated $180 million that will show up in the company's second-quarter results, Ford said in a filing with US securities regulators. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S19.

The model: Next up are 2009-2016 Ford Econolines with 5.4-liter engines. Those vehicles have a weld in the clutch that could fail, preventing them from moving. All normal engine, braking and steering functionality is unaffected. Loss of vehicle mobility in ambulance applications may result in delay of patient treatment.

The plan: The manufacturer aims to recall 4,300 vans, which were built at the Ohio Assembly Plant between May 11, 2009 and December 10, 2015.

For more information on the recalls, check the Ford website.

Ford is issuing a safety recall in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan for select 2010-17 Ford Taurus, 2009-17 Ford Flex, 2009-15 Lincoln MKS and 2010-17 Lincoln MKT vehicles.

The third recall is only being issued in Canada and affects approximately 12,000 vehicles.

The problem: A link in the rear suspension may crack from heavy use.

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