One of the last things you want to experience in the event of a crash is having your seats detach. Sure, a seatbelt will save you, but it won't really do much if the seat isn't secured to the floor. Because of this specific issue, Ford is recalling more than 500,000 units of their most popular models.
The Blue Oval recently issued a safety recall for “lack of seat restraints in the event of a crash” for the 2018-2020 F-150, 2019-2020 F-Series Super Duty, 2018-2019 Explorer, and 2019-2020 Expedition.
Not all models are affected by the recall though as only models equipped with a manual driver and front passenger seatback recliner mechanism carry the faulty component. Aside from the older Ford models, included in the recall are the new 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. However, only models with rear outboard seats that feature manual recline are included.
According to Ford, these vehicles may be missing a necessary structural component required for seatback strength. In the event of a crash, the automaker says a weakened seat back may not “adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.” What that does, we leave to your imagination.
Owners of possibly affected units will have to bring their vehicles to the dealership and have it inspected by a technician. Ford claims most vehicles are expected to pass the inspection and will not require any repair. However, if a repair is deemed necessary, the dealer will replace the seat structure for free. Ford reports that there have been no accidents or injuries associated with the recall.
For owners of Expeditions and Explorers in the Philippines, you have nothing to worry about as units here are not affected by the recall. All variants of the Explorer and the Expedition sold locally are offered with power seats and do not feature manual recline.