Ford Recalls Almost 1.9 Million Explorer SUVs for Safety Concerns

Ensuring Safety on the Road: Ford Takes Action to Address Explorer SUV Trim Concerns.

Jan 24, 2024 - 07:22
Jan 24, 2024 - 07:22
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Ford Recalls Almost 1.9 Million Explorer SUVs for Safety Concerns
Ford Recalls Almost 1.9 Million Explorer SUVs for Safety Concerns

Ford is recalling nearly 1.9 million Explorer SUVs in the U.S. because of an issue with trim pieces that could pose a danger to other drivers.

The recall affects Explorers from 2011 through 2019. According to documents released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday, clips holding the trim near the windshield can come loose.

If that happens, the trim piece might fly off, creating a risk of a crash. This recall follows an investigation initiated by U.S. regulators in January after receiving 164 consumer complaints. Canadian regulators also looked into the matter.

Initially, Ford decided against a recall, citing the lightweight nature of the part. However, the company changed its stance after U.S. regulators deemed it a safety hazard.

Ford mentioned on Wednesday that it expects only 5% of the recalled Explorers to be affected. Owners are encouraged to contact dealers for an inspection when the necessary parts are available.

According to documents, Ford is aware of 568 consumer complaints and over 14,000 warranty reports about missing or detached parts. The company, however, hasn't received any reports of crashes or injuries related to this problem.

Dealers will check the trim pieces to make sure the clips are secure and will add adhesive to prevent them from coming loose.

Notifications to affected owners will begin on March 13.

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