Ford Motor Company recently announced that it recalled 676,152 models of its Explorer SUV from model years 2013 to 2017. The company’s Chicago Assembly Plant built these recalled vehicles between September 4, 2012, and September 30, 2017. Set to go out to owners in late August, the cause for the recall is concern over the reliability of the vehicle’s rear suspension component.
According to new reports, the potential danger involves:
- A cross-axis ball joint could seize, causing a crack in the rear suspension.
- There could be a fracture of the rear toe link, which would impact the vehicle’s steering.
According to the manufacturer, drivers may notice a “clunk” noise, a misaligned rear-wheel or problematic handling.
The manufacturer is aware of six reports where there were injuries related to this potential flaw. It also noted that vehicles located in high corrosion states that use road salt to help manage ice and snow are more likely to see this problem.
The dealers will inspect the vehicles’ cross-axis ball joint/knuckle if necessary. They will also replace the toe links with a newly revised version. Those with questions can contact their local dealership. If other problems related to this recall or the fix do not work, the owner may need to pursue legal action.