350,000 2013-2017 Ford Explorers Recalled for Possible Suspension Fracture

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If you’re driving a model-year 2013-17 Ford Explorer around in a part of the country where corrosion is common and you’ve had your vehicle under recall before, it may be time to consider a return visit. Ford has issued a recall for some 350,000 of its three-row SUVs to inspect the suspension and issue a possible follow-up repair.

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After completion of the prior recall, owners for this new recall may experience a fracture of the outboard section of the rear suspension toe link; a fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford said it’s aware of 13 reports of accidents and six reports of injuries related to this condition.

Dealers will complete a torque inspection of the cross-axis ball joint and replace it as necessary, and both repairs will be done for free. Ford did not immediately announce an owner notification schedule, but if you have questions, you can call the automaker at 866-436-7332, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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