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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.


  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Taut, athletic lines give the all-new Explorer a muscular appearance. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The strong C-pillar gives the new Explorer visual linkage to previous models. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all new Explorer features a weight-saving aluminum hood. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's sculpted sides give family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Explorer XLT features a satin silver finish grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: All models include standard dual chrome exhaust tips. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers a choice of two powerful engines, each offering best-in-class fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers a choice of two powerful engines, each offering best-in-class fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The rear liftgate spoiler was shaped in the wind tunnel to contribute to best-in-class Explorer fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Set the terrain management control knob to the snow setting and powertrain behavior is adjusted to increase traction and prevent wheel spin. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer enables family adventures, any time, any where, on any road. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Switch the terrain management knob to the mud setting, and the system will optimize powertrain behavior for maximum traction and driver control. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer with intelligent 4WD and terrain management will comfortably take your crew and their watercraft upstream. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Behind the three-bar grille, Explorer features a composite bolster supporting the radiator. This innovative component saves weight - and fuel - while reducing manufacturing complexity. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: All Explorer models feature bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers world-class craftsmanship, with tight panel gaps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Holes in the top and bottom rungs of the signature Ford three bar grille signify Explorer weight savings and efficiency. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The rear liftgate spoiler contributes to best-in-class Explorer fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers the Ford exclusive Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system. No more lost caps! (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Range-topping Explorer Limited models offer a comprehensive array of standard luxury features. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Explorer liftgate proudly wears a Blue Oval logo. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT and Limited series sideview mirrors feature security approach lamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT models offer impressive feature content. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Ford signature three bar grille proudly displays the Blue Oval logo. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT and Limited series sideview mirrors feature security approach lamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Assembled with world-class craftsmanship, the Explorer features tight margin gaps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited series models come standard with 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited models feature standard 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited models feature standard 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers Ford's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with visible warnings in the applicable sideview mirror. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The interior of the all-new Explorer features design cues, clever storage, luxurious appointments and technologies that rival premium SUVs. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer interior features soft touch materials. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Driver-centric gauges and controls are intuitively operated and logically arranged. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Command seating and intuitive controls help keep the Explorer drivers' hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Real metal speaker grilles and the forward-leaning center stack give the Explorer interior a sporty look. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The forward-leaning center stack is home to MyFord Touch controls. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door panel speaker grilles are real metal, giving the interior a sporty, purposeful look. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer offers a rear view camera, with zoom functionality. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Convenient switchgear controls third-row seating functionality. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door-mounted switchgear is new, reflecting Ford global DNA standards. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door-mounted speaker grilles are real metal, offering excellent sound transparency and a luxurious touch. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Optional on XLT models, a Sony branded audio system with HD Radio and 12 speakers in standard on Limited series vehicles. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission is standard on XLT and Limited series models. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Left and right screens in the Explorer instrument cluster can be customized to suit individual driver preferences. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Supplemental steering wheel-mounted controls help keep driver attention focused on driving. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Terrain management takes the guesswork out of 4WD engagement. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer comes standard with three rows of seating (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: With second- and third-row seats folded, Explorer offers 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Limited series models feature a Sony branded audio system with High Definition Radio and 12 speakers. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The center console features a media hub for connectivity and mobile device concealed storage. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's center console features dual cupholders. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer features new Ford global DNA switchgear. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second row seating offers industry-exclusive inflatable rear seatbelts. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's second-row offers 60/40 split fold flat bench seating. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second-row seats fold flat for easy cargo loading. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second-row seats fold flat for easy cargo loading. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Folding Explorer second- and third-row seats gives 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer models with terrain management feature a console-mounted knob with four settings and hill descent control. (07/26/2010)

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

      Well this certainly speaks to your integrity!
      • 4 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
        • 4 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.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ohh i see, yeah im not a fan of Ford that much other than the mustang, thats about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the Grand Cherokee and Durango do have better quality!
        • 4 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.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We won't truly know until a few years have past.
      • 4 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.
      • 4 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 ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's way more fun to hear Toyotas being recalled
      • 4 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?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because that would make too much sense! This is a govt agency we're talking about here.
        • 4 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.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ahhh..
      part not in dimension? I did not even know that NHTSA went out of it's way to measure parts
        • 4 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.

        • 4 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.
      • 4 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.

      • 4 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
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny because the Family 98 Explorer was recalled for the front seat
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