Ford is voluntarily recalling 1,658 2011 Explorers over the manual recliner mechanism in the second-row seat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In the affected vehicles, the recliner mechanism in the 60/40-split bench seat may have components that make seat noncompliant with federal safety standards. As a result, the seats may not provide proper strength, increasing the risk of injury. The vehicles involved in the recall were built between July 15 and Dec. 13, 2010. You can check your vehicle’s build date on a sticker located on the driver-side doorjamb.
The recall is expected to begin Feb. 14, and dealers will replace the seats at no charge. Owners may call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.