Ford issues 4 recalls affecting 665,000 vehicles

Issues affect rear seatbacks, power steering, front brakes and batteries

Published: August 30, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:52 PM

2020 Ford Explorer ST

Ford is recalling over 665,000 vehicles in four separate recalls to address issues with rear seats, loss of power steering, front brakes and battery corrosion. The company is not aware of any incidents related to any of the issues.

The largest of the actions affects the rear seating on over 550,000 trucks, including 2018-20 Ford F-150, 2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty, 2018-19 Ford Explorer and 2019-20 Ford Expedition models, and 2020 Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators, all of which may be missing an important rear seatback component that prevents the seatback from latching in place. In a crash situation, the seatback could move resulting in the seat’s occupant not being properly restrained.

The recall affects 483,325 vehicles in the US and federalized territories, 58,712 in Canada and 8,149 in Mexico.

Ford is asking owners to return to dealerships where the seat structures will be inspected and replaced as needed.

Another recall affects 2013-16 Ford Fusion, 2013-16 Lincoln MKZ, 2015-16 Ford Edge and 2016 Lincoln MKX models that could find themselves without steering assist, affecting 90,646 vehicles in the US and federalized territories, and 8,134 in Canada.

In high corrosion environments, vehicles may not have received a proper application of wax coating and could experience in the steering gear motor attachment bolts, which could lead to the steering gear motor coming loose or detaching from the steering gear altogether (but not from the car), though steering would still be considerably more difficult at lower speeds.

Dealers will replace the steering gear motor bolts and apply proper was sealant. If the bolts are broken or missing, dealers will also install a new steering gear.

The last two recalls affect the Ford Fiesta. The first concerns 13,564 2012-13 Fiestas in the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, with vehicles that may have a corroded battery junction-box relay or fuse that could result in loss of low-beam headlights and daytime running lights.

Dealers will replace any corroded fuses, terminals and relays, clean the battery junction box and install foam sealer to the cover.

The second Fiesta recall affects 2,624 2019 Fiestas in the US and federalized territories (of which only 50 have been delivered to customers) with a leak in the front brake caliper, resulting exposure to incorrectly labelled assembly fluid in the production process. The leak could result in brake pad overheating and reduced braking.

Dealers will flush the brake fluid and replace front brake calipers and brake lines.