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483,000 Ford Trucks, SUVs and Lincoln SUVs: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 483,300 model-year 2018-20 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, model-year 2019-20 Super Duty F-250 and F-350 pickups and Expedition SUVs, and model-year 2018-19 Explorer SUVs, all equipped with manual front occupant seatback recliners; model-year 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs with rear outboard seats and manual seatback recliners

The Problem: The third pawl required for seatback strength may be missing, reducing the strength of the seat and not adequately restraining an occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the seat structure. Ford said most vehicles are expected to pass the inspection and not require repair, but if a repair is required, the dealer will replace the seat structure for free.

What Owners Should Do: Lincoln automaker Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can the automaker at 800-392-3673, 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.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. Click here to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership.

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