American automaker Ford is reportedly recalling 1.2 million Ford Explorers due to an issue with their suspensions. As per sources, the recalled SUVs belong to model years ranging from 2011 to 2017.
The automaker claimed that cars that often ride on rough terrains are likely to experience a cracked toe link in their rear suspension, which can impact steering and put passengers at the risk of an accident. Ford also mentioned that one customer complained about hitting a curb when the toe link broke but it isn’t aware of any injuries concerned with the incidence.
Ford said in a statement that it will invest around $180 million in an effort to get the problem fixed, the costs of which will not be levied on car owners.
For the uninitiated, in addition to this recalling, Ford also made three other smaller recalls. The recalls included 12,000 Ford Taurus and Flex models along with Lincoln MKS and MKT models sold in Canada. These vehicles reportedly have a similar issue pertaining to toe links. Ford stated that it was informed of one accident involving minor injuries related to the problem. The vehicles affected range from the model year 2009 to 2017.
Ford is also recalling 123,000 units of Ford F-150 pickups from 2013 with issues concerning 6-speed automatic transmissions that would unintentionally downshift to the first gear. The company is also recalling 4,300 Ford Econoline models ranging from 2009 through 2016 which are used as school buses and ambulances. Moreover, those automobiles have a weld in the clutch that could possibly fail and prevent the vehicle from moving.
According to a news report, although the number of vehicles recalled by Ford is substantial, this still isn’t the largest recall of all time. The automaker had previously recalled over 14 million vehicles due to issues in cruise control switches, which were made by Texas Instruments.