Ford recalls 1.3 million vehicles for suspension, transmission woes

Marco Green
June 13, 2019

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Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday its North American unit will spend $180 million to correct a suspension issue in Explorer vehicles. So far, Ford says they have only had one reported crash and no injuries reported.

The recall will affect more than 1.2 million vehicles.

Ford says a rear suspension toe link can break if the suspension moves a lot.

The reference number for the recall of Ford Explorers is 19S17.

Separately Ford said it was recalling about 123,000 F-150 vehicles because of a transmission calibration issue.

Ford is issuing a safety recall for select 2009-16 Ford Econoline vehicles equipped with a 5R110W transmission, 5.4-liter engine, and a school bus or ambulance prep package.

The 2016 Ford Explorer is shown during the model's world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California November 19, 2014.

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, the Ford announcement said. Those vehicles were not sufficiently repaired in a previous recall.

The recall affects approximately 4,300 vehicles in North America, including 445 in Canada - they were all built at the Ohio Assembly Plant. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S19.

A sign with the Ford logo is posted in front of a dealership in Northern California, May 20, 2019.

Ford also announced three other smaller recalls.

In addition, in Canada it has recalled 12,000 2010-17 Ford Taurus, 2009-17 Ford Flex, 2009-15 Lincoln MKS and 2010-17 Lincoln MKT vehicles, because of a a rear suspension toe link fracture.

The largest of the four recalls mostly covers vehicles in the United States.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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