Ford Motor Company is issuing four new safety recalls for thousands of vehicles that are spread out across North America. "A fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash".
One customer reported hitting a curb when the toe link broke, but Ford said it is not aware of any reports of injury related to the issue.
The recall will affect more than 1.2 million vehicles.
Ford also recalled The company 4,300 Econoline vehicles (2009-16) to fix faulty welding. The Ford reference number for this particular recall is 19S17.
The recall, which is expected to cost $180m (£140m), affects Ford Explorers made in the U.S. firm's Chicago plant between 2010 and 2017.
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Ford announced the recalls Wednesday, saying that dealers would contact owners of the SUVs and trucks. The downshifting could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly. The issue has been tied to at least one minor accident that did not result in an injury.
Vehicles that did not undergo the 19S07 reprogramming are not affected by the current recall and will receive updated software under the existing 19S07 program, Ford said.
The problem: A link in the rear suspension may crack from heavy use.
Ford is also recalling 123,000 Ford F-150 pickups from 2013 with 6-speed automatic transmissions that could potentially downshift into first gear unintentionally. A substandard weld may fatigue and fail, causing an elevated rate of reports of the loss of the ability to move in the subject vehicle applications.