If you drive a Ford or know somebody who does, listen up. A few days ago, Ford announced plans to recall more than 550,000 trucks and SUVs across North America, because their seat backs may not properly restrain people during a crash. The recall currently applies to newer vehicles produced in the last few years.
It covers certain 2018 through 2020 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, as well as 2019 and 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks, 2018 and 2019 Ford Explorer SUVs and 2019 and 2020 Ford Expedition SUVs. All these vehicles have manual driver or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanisms. The recall also applies to 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Ford Lincoln Aviator vehicles that have rear outboard seats with the same mechanisms.
Ford says the affected vehicles might be missing a mechanical component called a pawl that is needed for seat strength. Without it, the seats may not properly restrain passengers in the event of a crash.
The recall will affect about 58,712 vehicles in Canada, all of which should be brought to dealers for an inspection. Most vehicles are expected to pass and not require any repairs, but the seat structures will be replaced for free if needed. Ford will start notifying vehicle owners about this recall on Oct. 7, 2019.