NEWS: Ford Recalls F-150, Super Duty and Explorer

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Recall affects owners of several 2015 through 2017 year model Ford trucks and SUVs. Is your vehicle on the list?

According to an official press release, Ford Motor Company has issued two safety compliance recalls for vehicles across North America, with the biggest chunk of them in the United States.

Ford Reference Recall Number 17C08

Over 2,500 2017 Ford F-150, Explorer and Super Duty vehicles are being recalled for an inadequate weld between the driver seat back and the manually operated seat back recliner mechanism. Driver seat back frames have been improperly welded and may fail to comply with certain federal motor vehicle safety standards. In addition, they may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Affected vehicles are:

  • 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Dec. 11, 2016 to Dec. 16, 2016
  • 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Dec. 8, 2016 to Dec. 9, 2016
  • 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Dec. 9, 2016 to Dec. 10, 2016
  • 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Dec. 19, 2016 to Jan. 19, 2017
  • 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant, Dec. 23, 2016 to Jan. 19, 2017

As of now, Ford isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall.

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Ford Reference Recall Number 17C09

A less critical compliance recall has been issued for certain 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 F-250 to F-550 vehicles equipped with aftermarket chrome exterior door handle covers that were purchased as an accessory component from a Ford dealer.

In the affected vehicles, an exterior door handle fitted with an aftermarket chrome cover that was purchased as an accessory component from a Ford dealer may not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards, and may experience inertial loads that could cause it to unlatch during a side impact, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

According to the press release, only 551 kits have been identified as sold, and Ford has instructed dealers to contact customers. The manufacturer will reimburse customers for parts and labor, and will remove the handle covers.

Stay safe!

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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