Ford Recalling Over 770K Explorers Due to Rear Suspension Issues

The Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for 774,696 Ford Explorers that may have fractures in the rear suspension toe link caused by a seized cross-axis ball joint, the Associated Press reported.

The cars with the issue may have unusual handling or a misaligned rear wheel because of the fractured rear toe link, which can reduce steering control and increase the risk of a crash, the Associated Press reported.

The recalled vehicles include Explorers manufactured between 2013 and 2017, approximately 676,152 of which are in North America. The company said it had received reports of six injuries in relation to the fracture, the Associated Press reported.

A Ford release said the impacted vehicles in the U.S. are located in high-corrosion states, as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and regions that experience both cold winter weather and high humidity and use "substantial" road salt.

For vehicles not sold or registered in high-corrosion states, "Ford is providing a customer satisfaction program," the release said.

Outside of North America, 59,935 vehicles were impacted in China, 25,257 in Ford's International Markets Group, 13,162 in Europe and 190 in South America, according to the release.

The impacted explorers were manufactured at the Chicago Assembly Plant between September 2021 and 2017, as well as Russia's Elabuga Assembly Plant between January 2013 and July 2017.

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Ford Explorer Hybrid SUV on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

The company will begin notifying owners affected by the recall during the week of Aug. 23, according the release. Dealers will inspect and replace, when needed, the cross-axis ball joint, as well as replace toe links with a "revised design part."

Ford issued two additional safety recalls Friday. One is for Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles, from 2020 to 2021, with a 6.7-liter engine and single rear wheel axle for a rear axle housing spring seat interface weld issue.

Vehicles impacted by the issue could experience driveline disconnection. This could cause loss of power while driving or loss of the transmission park capability if the parking brake is not used, which could heighten the risk of a crash, a Ford release said.

The Ford-F-350 recall includes nearly 35,000 cars in North America. The company has not heard reports of any injuries associated with this issue.

The final recall applies to Lincoln Aviators, manufactured between 2020 and 2021, with "improperly secured battery cable wire harnesses." The improperly secured harnesses could cause a short circuit and potential fire, according to the release.

The recall affects more than 40,000 vehicles, but the company is not aware of any accidents, fires or injuries related to the issue.