Ford Explorer Recall For Over 375,000 SUVs to Fix Suspension Problems That Have Caused 13 Crashes

Ford is recalling more than 375,000 Explorer SUVs in the U.S. and Canada after a series of crashes led to six people getting injured.

The recall covers the 2013 to 2017 models built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. The suspension problem is related to 13 crashes, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. At least six people were injured in these collisions.

The car manufacturer said that salt is used to clear to the roads in these areas during the winter and this can cause corrosion. The affected vehicles could experience a fracture in the rear suspension toe link despite a previous safety recall repair. A fracture significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall affects approximately 350,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 25,200 in Canada. The cars were built between September 4, 2012 and January 25, 2017 before being sold or registered in 22 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces, according to NBC.

The broadcaster said the states included are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin plus Washington, D.C.

The Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec are also included in the recall.

The company said that "dealers will complete a torque inspection of the cross-axis ball joint and replace it as necessary." Customers will be notified in the week starting November 30.

Newsweek has contacted Ford for comment.

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A picture shows on February 18, 2019, the logo of US auto-maker Ford on a car in Blanquefort, southwestern France. The company has recalled over 375,000 cars in North America. GEORGES GOBET/AFP via Getty Images

Recent Ford Recalls

Ford has issued a number of recalls for a variety of models in the last few months. On October 19, Ford issued two safety recalls for 2019-20 Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with the 2.5-liter engine.

One of the recalls covered vehicles with problems with the failsafe cooling strategy. Ford said that if the engine rapidly heats up due to coolant loss, the failsafe cooling strategy could take longer to kick in, resulting in critical engine temperatures and an increased risk of fire in severe cases. The company said that it was not aware of any reports of accident, injury or fire.

The recall covers 2,903 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 584 in Canada.

On the same day, the company also issued a recall for 2020 Ford Escape vehicles, saying that the tire pressure monitoring system may function in a reduced capacity. Ford said it is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition, which affects 689 vehicles in the U.S. and 19 in Canada.

In September, Ford issued two safety recalls in North America for 2020 Ford Mustang vehicles and 2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles.

Ford said the action covered 38,005 Mustangs in the U.S. and federal territories, 2,251 in Canada and 322 in Mexico and the problems included brake pedal brackets that were at risk of fracture on sudden stopping.

A 2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty recall affected F-250 and F-350 vehicles with possible front axle issues in 9,628 vehicles in the U.S. and 961 in Canada. Ford again said it was not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to the issues in both recalls.