Things have been not looking good for the aftersales of the Blue Oval. They've had to issue three separate recalls involving faulty parts such as gearbox control modules, door latches, and digital displays that come up blank. Now there's another one, as Ford recently announced that select models of the 2011 – 2017 Explorers need to be recalled.
Accoriding to the automaker, approximately 1.2 million examples of the SUV carry faulty rear suspension toe links that could suddenly fracture over time. Vehicles that have been exposed to frequent full rear suspension articulation (jounce and rebound) have a chance of experiencing fractured rear suspension toe links.
Should the component break, Ford claims that it will significantly decrease steering control, increasing the risks of a crash. Ford is not yet aware of any reports of injuries or fatalities caused by the defective rear toe links. However, the company did mention that one customer reported hitting a curb when one of the toe links broke.
Ford dealers will remove and replace both the right and left rear suspension toe links with new forged components, as well as align the rear suspension for free. The Ford reference number for this particular recall is 19S17.
All of the vehicles that are part of the recall were built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant from May 17, 2010 – January 25, 2017. Ford Philippines has yet to announce whether the units sold here are part of the recall. But given that all Ford Explorers here in the Philippines come from the United States, we wouldn't be surprised if examples of the 2011 – 2017 model years sold here may need to be recalled by Ford.