Ford recalls some 38,000 vehicles in four actions

Expedition, Explorer and SD pickup, Lincoln Nautilus and Navigator affected

Published: November 17, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:58 PM

2018 Lincoln Navigator - may be missing the J-channel reinforcement brackets in the middle-row seat-track assembly.

Ford is recalling about 38,000 sport utility vehicles for a variety of issues, in addition to a recall for a handful of Super Duty pickups.

The bulk of the recalls affects 37,801 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from 2018 — 34,946 in the US and federalized territories, 1,900 in Canada and 955 in Mexico — over a problem with second-row bench seats that may be missing the J-channel reinforcement brackets in the seat-track assembly, which would mean the seat may not be properly restrained in a crash.

Dealers will inspect the seats for the J-channel brackets and replace the entire seat-frame assembly if they are missing. Until a repair can be exacted, owners are asked to move the centre seat to its rearmost position, though Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue.

In a separate recall, 271 Lincoln Nautilus sport-utilities from 2019 (268 in the US and three in Canada) for a driver airbag problem.

Some of the Oakville, Ontario-built SUVs without adaptive front steering, may have an improper injection-moulded plastic cover on the driver airbag module that could separate during airbag deployment in a crash, which would naturally increase the risk of injury.

Though Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue, it will have its dealers replace the entire driver airbag module on affected vehicles.

Ford Explorers equipped with the 2.3-litre 4-cylinder or 3.5-litre V-6 engines might have an improperly assembled fuel-pressure sensor that may result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire if there is an ignition source in the vicinity.

The recall affects 2018 Explorers (144 in the US and 16 in Canada), which will have their fuel-line assemblies replaced, even though there are no reported incidents.

Finally, four 2019 Ford Super Duty pickups are being recalled due to transmission casings that may be missing material where the park pawl engages the transmission. The issue might mean the vehicle would not be properly “parked,” allowing it to move despite the transmission being in Park.

Ford is not aware of incidents related to the issue, but will have its dealers inspect the transmission casing and replace it as necessary.