Ford recalls 1.3 MILLION vehicles which could be at risk of losing steering control

Mail Online | 5/17/2010 | Associated Press;Leah Mcdonald For
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Ford is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles mainly in the U.S. to fix rear suspension and transmission control software problems.

The second largest U.S. automaker issued three safety recalls in North America and one for Canada.

Recall - Ford - Explorer - Models - US

The largest recall affects approximately 1.2 million 2011-17 Ford Explorer models made in the U.S.

Ford said in a statement: 'Vehicles that are exposed to frequent full rear suspension articulation (jounce and rebound) may experience a fractured rear suspension toe link.

Fracture - Toe - Diminishes - Control - Risk

'A fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.'

One customer reported hitting a curb when the toe link broke. Ford is not aware of any reports of injury related to the recall.

Vehicles - Chicago - Assembly - Plant - May

Affected vehicles were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from May 17, 2010 to January 25, 2017.

Dealers intend to remove and replace left and right-hand rear suspension toe links with a new forged toe link and align the rear suspension.

Ford - Pickups - Time - Fix - Transmissions

Ford is also recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups for a second time for a fix to stop transmissions from unintentionally downshifting into first gear.

The recall covers pickups with 5-liter and 6.2-liter gas engines. A previous software update didn't work.

Company - Vehicle - Speed - Transmission - Downshift

The company added: 'Depending on vehicle speed, an abrupt transmission downshift to first gear without warning could result in loss of vehicle...
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