Ford recalls 1.3 million Explorers, F-150s for safety 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

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Ford, on Wednesday, issued four recalls for its vehicles, including more than 1.2 Ford Explorer SUVs, which have an flaw that could result in drivers losing steering control of the vehicles.

Customers can bring their vehicles to a dealership, where mechanics will replace the left- and right-hand rear suspension toe links with new, forged ones, and align the rear suspension.

On vehicles that see frequent full rear suspension articulation - that is, that regularly exercise the rear suspension across its full range of motion - the suspension's toe link could fracture, making the truck harder to control.

The largest recall covers over 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 through 2017.

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About 123,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks have also been recalled.

Also recalled were 4,300 Ford Econoline vans, made between 2009-2016, which could have a welding flaw and 12,000 vehicles in Canada, which also risk losing steering control.

Vehicles recalled: 2011-17 Ford Explorer built at the Chicago assembly plant from May 17, 2010, to January 25, 2017. But given that all Ford Explorers here in the Philippines come from the United States, we wouldn't be surprised if examples of the 2011 - 2017 model years sold here may need to be recalled by Ford.

The model: The vehicle manufacturer has issued a recall on select 2011-2017 Explorers, specifically those built in the Chicago Assembly Plant between May 17, 2010 and January 25, 2017.

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The software used to service the recall was incomplete and did not have the updates necessary to prevent a potential unintended downshift into first gear or the updates necessary to ensure illumination of the malfunction indicator, Ford said. 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.

Affected vehicles were built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant from May 7, 2012 to October 27, 2013, and the Kansas City Assembly Plant, April 18, 2012 to November 18, 2013.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this issue. They have a similar problem with their toe links.

The model: The second batch in question is 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmission, specifically those built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant, May 7, 2012, to October 27, 2013, and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, April 18, 2012, to November 18, 2013.

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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.

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