• Feb 7, 2011
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The 2011 Ford Explorer has gotten off to a hot start here in the States, with January retail sales up 244 percent. That's good news for Ford, but a recall for their new baby is not.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a notice on its website that Ford is recalling 1,658 new Explorers equipped with manual recline second row seats. The potential defect, which covers some Explorers built between July 15, 2010 and December 13, 2010, is the manual recliner mechanism on the 60 side of the 60/40 split second row bench seat. NHTSA says that the components are "out of dimensional specification," and that in the event of a crash the seat back may not provide the required strength to protect second row occupants.

Owners of the Explorers in question will be contacted by Ford and asked to bring their vehicle to the nearest Ford dealer for free of charge repairs. Ford dealers will reportedly be equipped to repair the compromised part beginning February 14, 2011. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.



[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FORD / EXPLORER 2011

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: FEB 28, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V063000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SEATS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,658

Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 EXPLORER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 15, 2010, THROUGH DECEMBER 13, 2010, EQUIPPED WITH SECOND ROW 60% SEATS WITH MANUAL RECLINER MECHANISMS THAT MAY HAVE COMPONENTS THAT ARE OUT OF DIMENSIONAL SPECIFICATION. THESE SEATS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 207, "SEATING SYSTEMS."

Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE SEAT BACK MAY NOT PROVIDE THE REQUIRED STRENGTH, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.

Remedy:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE SEATS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 14, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.
Notes:
FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11C15. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Ooohhh..did I miss the third coming (and prompt exit of Ford hating Matt!?!? I have to check here more often.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's your other user name? I can't believe you created another account just to troll.
        • 3 Years Ago
        (My post above was in response to a now-deleted post and user!)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I HAVE ANOTHER USERNAME SOMETIME

      Well this certainly speaks to your integrity!
      • 3 Years Ago
      lmao a recall, oh Ford, just trying to get better than the imports. atleast it aint that bad, if it was an engine problem there goes Ford once again
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't think 1,500 explorers from a new model year having a minor part out of spec is going to derail their massive quality improvements over the last 5 years.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ohh i see, yeah im not a fan of Ford that much other than the mustang, thats about it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess the Grand Cherokee and Durango do have better quality!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well the Grand Cherokee has been out for a while now. No recalls. The Durango came out about the same time as the Explorer. There have been no recalls for any of Chrysler's new 16 new or improved products.
        • 3 Years Ago
        We won't truly know until a few years have past.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn. I have been waiting for one of these to make it to my town to buy one for the wife. I hope this won't affect availability-- the closest dealer that has one is almost 100 miles away.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Guys, problems happen to everybody.

      What disturbs me most is the recalls for some ... uhrrr... actually, one of them, especially, are discussed a lot harsher than the recalls for other automakers...

      Be positive ... I would say, the more recalls now, the better. No more find-and-hide practice, no more everything to be swept under the carpet...This will definitely make the products we use better... does not mater from what manufacturer, Ford or Toyota ...
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's way more fun to hear Toyotas being recalled
      • 3 Years Ago
      This might be a dumb question, but why can't the NHTSA do all their safety tests before the car goes into production?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because that would make too much sense! This is a govt agency we're talking about here.
        • 3 Years Ago
        NHTSA doesn't test all components per se. Makers certify their cars meet the standards to NHTSA. NHTSA does some random compliance testing, but it's not like Europe were things are actually tested first. It's up to the automakers, not NHTSA, to do the real testing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ahhh..
      part not in dimension? I did not even know that NHTSA went out of it's way to measure parts
        • 3 Years Ago
        They didn't.

        The defective part was caught internally at Chicago. Since the part is out of dimension it causes a rattle, prompting someone to investigate why the part was rattling, and turns out it's not made to spec prompting a shop ship during that time frame as well as this recall.

        • 3 Years Ago
        My best guess would be that Ford's QA caught on to the fact that these parts were out of spec AFTER 15,00 trucks had been manufactured and delivered to customers, and retroactively recalled the parts.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A. CAPS LOCK TYPING IS AKIN TO SHOUTING!!!
      B. IT SHOWS YOUR INTELLIGENCE, OR LACK THERE OF.
      C. IT MAKES MY EYES BLEED.
      D. IT MAY MEAN YOU NEED TO SWITCH TO DECAF, OR TAKE A STRESS TAB.

      Seriously, they caught it and did a VOLUNTARY recall. I owned a Durango and went through ball joints, front & rear diffs, cases of oil, brake rotors and interior trim clips like crazy. Plus gas mileage hovering around 11 in the city. Gas prices in Vancouver Canada just hit $1.21 @ litre. That equals $4.72 a gallon. Take a hint from the Frozen North. a V8 may sound like fun. Until you have to fill one up north of $4 a gallon.

      • 3 Years Ago
      It's now confirmed: Ford Motor Co. is recalling its brand new 2011 Ford Explorer vehicles over concerns they may have defective second row seats.
      Ford, is that you?
      LOL
        • 3 Years Ago
        Funny because the Family 98 Explorer was recalled for the front seat
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