Ford made a splash in the back half of 2020 by unveiling the rugged Bronco and budget-minded Bronco Sport SUVs, but while the former suffers from supply-chain issues pushing back its on-sale date, the latter is already being recalled despite only being at dealers for a few months. The culprit is the rear suspension, and roughly 1,700 models are affected.
The issue stems from rear suspension modules that may not be fully secured to the subframe. Rear suspension modules with loose or missing bolts may affect the SUV’s stability, increasing the risk of an accident. The situation may also result in reduced rear-impact crash performance, increasing the risk of injury. Ford said it isn’t aware of any related accidents or injuries, however.
To resolve the problem, dealers will confirm that the rear suspension bolts are secured properly and replace them, if necessary, for free. Ford didn’t immediately announce an owner-notification schedule, but owners with questions can call the automaker at 866-436-7332 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236. They also can visit NHTSA’s website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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