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Ford has announced a recall of some 33,000 vehicles due to faulty front seat manual reclining mechanisms. The recall affects certain 2010 Ford Fusion, Explorer and Explorer SportTrac models, as well as 2010 Mercury Mountaineer and Milan vehicles. Both the Blue Oval and NHTSA are concerned that during an accident the mechanisms could fail and cause the back of the seat to move toward the rear of the vehicle, resulting in a possible injury.

While no injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, NHTSA found that the seats don't meet federal standards for head restraints and must be replaced. Ford will replace the hardware free of charge. For more information, visit NHTSA's website.

[Source: Associated Press]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      but at least they're made with soy...
      • 5 Years Ago
      full-throttle acceleration or potential reclining problem

      uhhhh
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with Italy... Both are safety concerns. Stop trying to sugar coat it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^ although...now that I think about it being ejected because your seatback failed and made your seatbelt useless does mean that you might be...found on (the) road dead!
        (sorry, could not resist ancient joke)
        • 5 Years Ago
        actually, if you read the article, it states that the seatback would be likely to fail AFTER an accident - not CAUSE one. In other words, a person's body weight slamming back into the seat after the initial thrust forward is what will cause the failure.

        It's not like your seat is just going to flop backward while you're driving down the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        how about accelerating and having the seat recliner fail and you lay back completely, lose control of the car and crash?! it's a safety concern.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's more that your seat will flop backwards during the crash instead of holding you tight with the seatbelt....needless to say being ejected is not good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what no $16.4 million fine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then all is well: )
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope. Probably because there was no overt cover up or flat out denial. Ford just decided to fix it before it became a huge deal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also, I suspect the key here is the part about them not meeting head restraint standards -- those are new for 2010 and quite strict, so a bit of uncharted territory.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yep..tongue in cheek indeed
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope you were being tongue-in-cheek. Because outside of the obvious fact that this isn't as serious as Toyota's recalls, Ford is actually acknowledging the problem and fixing it. Instead of ignoring, then denying, then blaming drivers, then trying to cover it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No fine because they acknowledged the problem and put in a plan of action to fix it. They didn't hide it for nearly 4 years. And it's not 8.5 million either. It's 33000. And that still depends on the buod dates of those cars. Some of these vehicles may not even be off dealer lots yet.
      Vicky
      • 5 Years Ago
      uh yeah, recalling a vehicle for a seat recliner but not on the 500 with a KNOWN issue with the throttle body, that stalled and threatened the lifes of myself and my children? it just goes to show that the almighty dollar is the bottom line for all the automakers when they take forever and a day to recall a vehicle for serious issues they've known about for years, IF they ever do, but will do it for a $1 part of little consequence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Luckily you can still stop the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is Matt nowadays?
      • 5 Years Ago
      My friend had an Explorer Sport Trac (I think) that he bought used. This was awhile back (not a 2010 model in the recall). He was going through a light when his recliner mechanism broke lose. All of the sudden he was laying down in his seat and couldn't see the road while he was driving. Of course, he ended up hitting (or getting hit by) someone else's car. Luckily no one was hurt, and luckily his wife and three kids weren't in the vehicle at the time. So, to put it lightly, this is an important thing to have a recall for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have had friends pull the handle on the seat before causing it to go back but not once did I ever fall flat. And I get pretty zoned out when I drive...I concentrate pretty hard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wat?
        • 5 Years Ago
        ya exactly.... why are there so many fricken recalls?! can't somebody build a vehicle properly, what do they do when they test them for like 2 yrs? it seems the americans and japs are always getting recalls... i can't remember the last time a german car company had to issue a recall. oh they probably have... but very few.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just looked and it's true BMW is doing better than Nissan.... on both the Problems per 100 vehicles and the dependability chart.

        http://businesscenter.jdpower.com/JDPAContent/CorpComm/News/content/Releases/charts/2009043a.gif

        http://www.cars.com/go/advice/Story.jsp?section=buy&story=topDependBrd&subject=most_depend

        Porsche is doing quite well! They're beating about 65-70% of all manufacturers... not bad for Germany eh!
        • 5 Years Ago
        italy430: Seriously, you compared a Toyota door to a BMW door and decided that the fact that the door wasn't as heavily padded on the Toyota means that Japanese cars are all flimsy? Rotflmao. You might as well compare Smart cars against a Lexus LSes then proclaim that all German cars are way too cramped.
        Lexus/Infinity/Acura doors do not feel cheap or flimsy so how about a fair comparison instead of nonsense.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah that's true german cars don't have nearly as many recalls, but according to reliability ratings and stats German cars are way behind in reliability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        mact... i disagree a bit on that. i have experience with Toyota and BMW mostly so I'll speak from that point of view. Toyota is very reliable but not solid... they're different. For example, get in a jap car and close the door, then do the same in a german car, it feels 10x more solid in the german. I've got a E46 and it's been bulletproof! I've got 200,000km on it now and not a problem. you do have to do maintenance like looking after fluids and after awhile things wear out like belts and tires and filters and stuff like that but no major issues. i take care of it really well, I use Total oil (fantastic! i'd never use anything else now. just finished an oil analysis on it and it's truely a great oil.) and Shell gas. The thing I really like about my car is I can drive it hard (when its warm) and it handles extremely well, then i can take it to work the next day. I like working on my car, it doesn't need it but it's just a little passion thing. If i had a toyota i could care less about working on it.

        As a side note... a friend in germany told me the other day he sees tons of jap cars in the wrecker with blown engines, they can't handle the stresses of autobahn driving. BMW builds fantastic engines and their inline-6s are bulletproof! Mine still runs smooth as ever, and pretty much feels brand new. It's 10 yrs old tho!

        So japs being more reliable... i wouldn't necessarily say that. They are definitely cheaper to fix tho. Look at the stats from new cars, there is one that tells you how many problems per vehicle, per manufacturer there are. BMW does quite well. Most ppl forget to include Nissan with the japs and only think of Honda and Toyota. I'd put money on BMW having less problems per vehicle compared to Nissan!
      • 5 Years Ago
      For those of you who are saying that the seat back releasing is not as dangerous as the Toyota accelerator, I would like to remind you that Cessna Aircraft company was almost put out of business in the 70s and 80s by a series of law suits generated by seat locks failing and the seat sliding back. This is in reality no different. If an operator cannot maintain a position that allows complete control of the vehicle, be it a plane or a car, someone is going to end up dead or injured.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had a 2006 300 Chrysler with power recliner seats and when I was rear ended the back of the seat broke and I ended up in the passenger side of the rear seat. I sent emails to NHSB and Chrysler. Never heard back from NHSB and Chrysle said I should take the car in to the service department...What a joke...Even after I told them the car was totaled they sent the same stock answer back..I now have a 2009 Pontiac G8 GT (Holden Commodore)...I would continue buying this model if GM didn't kill Pontiac.
      • 5 Years Ago
      # of deaths in Ford vehicles > # of deaths in Toyota vehicles. Look it up!
        • 5 Years Ago
        # of Ford vehicles on the road > # of Toyota vehicles on the road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The seat recliner in my parent's 2003 Ford Ranger is broken. Only recalling 2010 models? I smell a cover up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, because every post on the Internet is serious. Jokes happen.
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