Spat of Hand Injuries Sparks Massive Ford Explorer Recall

Laguna Hills, CA – Sept. 16, 2019 – Ford Motor Company is pulling hundreds of thousands of 2017 Explorer sport utility vehicles from the marketplace due to a seating flaw that likely occurred during manufacturing. When passengers reach for the power front seat lever, sharp edges along the seat frame may cause injury. Dozens of people have claimed as much to authorities.

The 2017 Ford Explorer seat recall will officially begin Oct. 14. Owners who receive a notification are urged to take their vehicle to an area dealership. The SUV will be inspected and a replacement seat will be installed free of charge if it’s necessary.

The Defect

According to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford is recalling 311,228 2017 Ford Explorer SUVs from the supply chain over concerns that some of the passengers seats may have sharp components jutting out of the framing. If someone were to brush the problematic portions of the seat, or reach for something in proximity to what’s protruding, they may be hurt. Thus far, there have been 31 reports of individuals whose hands were scratched or scarred as a result of this flaw.

Timeline of Events

This 2017 Ford Explorer seat recall was precipitated by three reports submitted to Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group. The automaker learned at least 30 people had been injured when reaching between the console and power seat. A month later, Ford determined that these injuries were likely due to the sharp edge of the metal seat frame, which apparently escaped the attention of quality control. The automaker determined a recall was the best path forward and contacted NHTSA this summer to make the action official.

The Solution

Ford intends to begin notifying owners in mid-October. Those that receive a mailer should take their vehicle to a dealership. A new seat will replace the problematic at no cost.

For more information on the 2017 Ford Explorer seat recall or other recent Ford recall actions, visit MotorSafety.org.

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More Takata Airbags Recalled

Another huge recall this week – nearly 800,000  more Fords added to the list of Takata airbag recalls. It’s the same problem:  Takata brand airbags can shoot shrapnel at car passengers when an airbag deploys.

Takata airbag recalls require IMMEDIATE REPAIR. Repairs are FREE.

CARS JUST ADDED TO THE RECALL:

  • 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX
  • 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger
  • 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ,
  • 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Recall repairs are FREE
  • Some dealers can help make repairs more convenient, ask for a loaner, mobile repair or what else they can do to make it easier to repair your car right away
  • Even if your car’s recalled airbag has been repaired, you could be subject to newer airbag recalls. Check your vin here
  • Some 2006 Ford Rangers’ airbags are considered so dangerous they are in Do Not Drive status. Other Do Not Drive cars 2001-2002 Honda Civic, 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL, 2003 Honda Pilot, certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda advises do not drive)
  • More Ford Info: https://owner.ford.com/service/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-takata-airbag-recall.html
  • Millions of makes and models have been recalled for dangerous Takata airbags. Check all your cars here for Takata airbag recalls and all other possible recalls

WHAT TO DO

  • Check your VIN
  • Call your local dealer to arrange repair
  • Ask if the dealer can offer an conveniences – a loaner, other transpo, mobile repair at your home or office, etc
  • DO IT NOW! Be Motor Safe!

 

 

 

 

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