In a recent safety recall, Ford is taking action to address potential safety risks in over 238,000 Ford Explorer SUVs from the model years 2020 through 2022. The recall was prompted by concerns that the initial recall repairs may not have fully resolved all safety issues. This blog will provide you with essential information about this recall, including the safety risks, corrective actions, and affected vehicle models.
Safety Concerns With Ford Explorer
The recall, identified as recall 22S27 (Transport Canada recall number 2022-198), centers on certain vehicles in which a mounting bolt for the rear axle housing could break. This poses several safety risks, including:
Rear Axle Housing Movement: If the mounting bolt breaks, the rear axle housing may shift, leading to clunking or banging noises and vibrations originating from the rear of the vehicle.
Driveshaft and Axle Shaft Disconnection: In the event of the bolt failure, there’s a risk that the driveshaft and axle shafts could disconnect. This, in turn, may result in a loss of power to the rear wheels.
Unintended Vehicle Movement: It’s crucial to note that if the previous recall was not completed, the vehicle could move even when the transmission is in Park, provided the parking brake is not engaged. This could lead to unexpected vehicle movement, creating a significant risk of injury or accidents.
To address these safety concerns, Ford is taking corrective actions to protect vehicle owners. If your Ford Explorer falls within the affected model years (2020, 2021, or 2022), you will be notified by mail. The notification will advise you to take your vehicle to an authorized Ford dealership. At the dealership, they will perform the following actions:
Replacement of Subframe Bushing: The subframe bushing will be replaced to ensure the stability and safety of the rear axle housing.
Replacement of Rear Axle Bolt: The dealership will replace the rear axle bolt to prevent any potential failures.
Additionally, during the dealership visit, they will inspect the rear axle cover and replace it if necessary to ensure comprehensive safety.
Affected Vehicle Models
If you own a Ford Explorer from the model years 2020, 2021, or 2022, your vehicle may be affected by this safety recall.
Contact Information for Ford
For further details or to confirm whether your vehicle is included in the recall, you can reach out to Ford at 1-800-565-3673. You can also visit their website at www.ford.ca/support/recalls for additional support.
Safety should always be a top priority, especially when it comes to your vehicle. If you own a Ford Explorer from 2020 to 2022, make sure to follow the provided corrective actions and contact Ford for any necessary information. This recall is designed to protect you and others on the road, ensuring that your vehicle operates safely and reliably. Stay informed and stay safe on the road!
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