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Ford recalls 3,000 trucks over seatback, door handle issues

Safety compliance recalls affect trucks in North America, US territories

Published: May 24, 2017, 9:45 PM
Updated: May 30, 2017, 5:49 AM

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Ford is recalling nearly 3,000 trucks to address a couple safety compliances dealing with seat frames and door handles.

2017 Ford Explorer

The first safety compliance relates to 2017 Ford F-150 and Super Duty pickups, and Explorer utility vehicles, and deals with inadequate welds in the driver’s seatback frames, particularly the weld between the seatback and the manual seat recliner mechanism. It applies to 2,418 vehicles, the vast majority of which are in the US, with just 175 in Canada, 39 in Mexico and nine in the US federalized territories.

The issue could prove hazardous in a crash because the improperly welded seatback could fail to restrain its occupant, increasing the risk of injury in a crash, though Ford is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to the problem.

Dealers will inspect the welds and replace the driver’s seatback frame, if needed.

The F-150 is also included in a second safety compliance recall, along with F-250 and F-550 pickups, concerning exterior chrome door handles.

Ford F-150 PlatinumDubbed the Oil Patch Cadillac, a Ford F-150 Platinum says you’re arrived – and you’ve brought your toys with you. All-new for 2015, Ford engineers specified lightweight aluminum body panels to help shed some 300 kg of mass (although its barely lighter than GM’s full-size pickups). The military-grade alloys are made in a variety of thicknesses to ensure durability as well as lightness. Less mass means more payload and towing capacity – a robust 11,100 pounds in Platinum trim – thanks to the full ladder-type frame that uses more high-strength steel than the outgoing model did. - Dubbed the Oil Patch Cadillac, a Ford F-150 Platinum says you’re arrived – and you’ve brought your toys with you. All-new for 2015, Ford engineers specified lightweight aluminum body panels to help shed some 300 kg of mass (although its barely lighter than GM’s full-size pickups). The military-grade alloys are made in a variety of thicknesses to ensure durability as well as lightness. Less mass means more payload and towing capacity – a robust 11,100 pounds in Platinum trim – thanks to the full ladder-type frame that uses more high-strength steel than the outgoing model did.

The recall addresses aftermarket chrome exterior door handle covers purchased as accessories from Ford dealerships. It applies to Ford F-150s from model years 2015-17, and F-250s and F-550s from 2017. It seems the inertia load placed on the exterior door handles fitted with the aftermarket covers may cause them to unlatch in a side impact crash, increasing the risk of injury to occupants, especially those in outboard seats.

Ford is aware of 551 kits sold through its dealerships in Canada (304 kits) and the US (247), though it is not aware of any incidents or injuries associated with the issue.

Dealers will remove the covers from recalled vehicles and reimburse customers for their purchases.