Ford Recalls F-series, Explorer, Expedition, Aviator Re: Seatbacks

August 31, 2019

Ford has issued a large recall, affecting 58,712 vehicles of varying models in Canada between 2018-2020. The automaker identified a problem with seatbacks that may not properly restrain passengers in the event of a crash.

On August 30, 2019, Ford issued a recall for 2018-20 Ford F-150, 2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty, 2018-19 Ford Explorer and 2019-20 Ford Expedition vehicles. Certain 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles are also part of the recall.

The automaker said affected vehicles may be missing a third component called a pawl, which is a key piece in strengthening the seat and lessening seat belt restraint.

Who’s Affected?

Ford hasn’t reported any crashes or injuries related to the defect. 

The recall affects 491,474 vehicles in the United States, in addition to the 58,712 vehicles in Canada.

The 2018-20 Ford F-150, 2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty, 2018-19 Ford Explorer and 2019-20 Ford Expedition vehicles involved are equipped with manual seat-back recliner mechanisms on the driver and front passenger sides.

The 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles involved have rear outboard seats with manual seat-back recliner mechanisms.

What Should You Do?

Ford will be notifying owners by mail, starting on October 7, with instructions to bring their vehicle to a dealer for repair. Dealers will inspect the seat structures, and if required, replace them entirely at no extra charge. New seats would have the pawl already installed, though the automaker believes most seats won’t need to be replaced.

Enter your VIN at this link to learn more about this recall and find out if there are other Service Actions related to your vehicle.

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