Ford is recalling 144,000 vehicles over a variety of issues, including seatbelts, airbags, seat frames and steering gear.
Most prominent is the recall of 141,340 F-Series crew cab pickups from model years 2015 through 2017 to inspect the left rear inflatable-seatbelt assembly. Inadequate rivet head thickness in the affected vehicles could allow the seatbelt-buckle to separate from its mounting bracket in a crash situation.
Although Ford is unaware of any incidents or injuries related to the issue, it is asking owners of 2015-17 F-150 Crew Cabs and 2017 F-250 and F-350 Crew Cabs to attend a local Ford dealership where the rivet on the inflatable seatbelt assembly will be inspected and the assembly replace it, if necessary.
The recall affects 117,423 trucks in the US and federalized territories, 15,715 in Canada, and 8,202 in Mexico.
The 2017 F-150 is also involved in the expansion of the Takata airbag recall, as is the 2017 Mustang.
Another 935 vehicles (650 in the US and territories, 279 in Canada and six in Mexico) have been added to the lengthy list, with their problem being the front passenger airbag inflator that may rapture during an airbag deployment and cause shrapnel to be projected into the cabin.
The issue was discovered during testing at Takata’s engineering facility, and Ford is not aware of any real-world incidents or injuries. Ford dealers will replace the front passenger airbag module.
The left side rear seatback frame on 2017 Ford Focus models may have inadequate weld penetration between the outboard pivot bracket and the pivot nut joint, which could lead to reduced strength in the joint and the possibility of injuries to rear seat passengers in a crash situation.
Ford is not aware of any incidents involving the seatback, but will inspect the weld penetration on 698 cars in the US and federalized territories, 132 in Canada and five in Mexico, and replace the seatback assembly, if necessary.
Ford Explorers, Tauruses and their respective Police Interceptor variations are being recalled to address an issue with the steering gear heat shield fasteners, which may have a surface finish that provides inadequate corrosion protection.
If that is the case, the heat shield may corrode and expose the steering gear system to higher than expected temperatures, which could cause the electrical connectors to melt, resulting in a sudden loss of steering assist. Without steering assist, the driver would have to expand more power to control the vehicle, which could result in a crash if the driver can’t supply enough power to steer the vehicle (which would be the case at very low speeds).
Ford is not aware of any incidents associated with the issue, which affects 235 vehicles in the US and federalized territories, nine in Canada and another one in Mexico.