Just a few days ago we brought you news that Ford had issued a recall on 28,000 units of the Edge crossover for problems related to the fuel line. But now the Blue Oval has issued recall notices on two more of its larger vehicles.

The first relates to the Explorer, 395 examples of which from the 2011 and 2012 model years were found to have problems with their steering systems if they underwent service after September 1, 2013. An apparent software glitch could lock the steering gear, preventing the driver from steering the vehicle and thereby increasing the risk of a crash. As a result, Ford dealers are being instructed to check their records to identify the problematic vehicles and bring them in to have the steering gear replaced. Details of the recall can be found in the PDF linked here.

The second problem revolves around E-Series vans that may develop bubbles in their windshields under hot temperatures. The decrease in visibility through the problematic windshield could – you guessed it – "increase the risk of a crash." As a result, Ford is calling in 4,532 units of the E-150, E-250, E-350 and E-450 vans built in the relatively short window between May 12 and May 26, 2011. Details of this recall can be found in the notice below from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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RECALL Subject : Bubbles in the Windshield/Decreased Visibility
Report Receipt Date: AUG 26, 2011
NHTSA Campaign Number: 11V445000
Component(s): VISIBILITY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,532
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY

SUMMARY:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011 Ford E-150, E-250, E-350, and E-450 vehicles built from May 12, 2011, through May 26, 2011. Due to improper manufacturing conditions, some of the windshields may form bubbles after an extended time in hot temperatures. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, "Glazing Materials."

CONSEQUENCE:
The presence of bubbles may hinder driver's visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the windshield if bubbles are present, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, January 27, 2014. Owners may contact the Ford customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall campaign number is 11C20.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Josephine Rigatoni
      • 11 Months Ago
      Preventing the driver from steering the vehicle and thereby increasing the risk of a crash. Really?!
      Goggles Pisano
      • 11 Months Ago
      I learned to drive in the '70's, the bottom of US cars so know enough NEVER to buy one.
      BillyM67
      • 11 Months Ago
      Should have known better. Bought a 2013 Explorer Limted, my first Ford, and my last. Love the design, both inside and out, but the build quality if terrible. I will be taking it to the dealership on the 27th (one of two trips scheduled) and hopefully they can fix the issues. Ford's motto of "crack them out and we can fix them later" just doesn't appeal to me.
        Dean Hammond
        • 11 Months Ago
        @BillyM67
        and no mention of issues experienced........hmmmm....
        jtav2002
        • 11 Months Ago
        @BillyM67
        I wish you luck in your future car purchases with manufacturers who have no recalls. Basically, have fun walking.
      Kommandant
      • 11 Months Ago
      Same Old Ford Quality Build Hype Ship Crap...
      dave and mary
      • 11 Months Ago
      Whether me as a customer, very soon for a new car, has ideas that are tainted with bad info or not; I am looking. And I will "steer" away from a Ford. I mean, when I see one of the new Escapes, I wonder if he's been in or driving to the dealer for a recall.
        Jesus!
        • 11 Months Ago
        @dave and mary
        Why do people get on autoblog high?
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      • 11 Months Ago
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      Mich
      • 11 Months Ago
      10 worst cars listed on yahoo. Jaguar all mazda and 3,fords. Common thread ford designed the jag and was partners with mazda. Ford quality is nothing but hype
      merlot066
      • 11 Months Ago
      Well B.D. has been through here with that +/- 8 swag. KING CAMRY POW POW -BD
      bullitt2605
      • 11 Months Ago
      "preventing the driver from steering the vehicle and thereby increasing the risk of a crash" Yah think? This must be the same guy that did the noise study out here at DIA and found that the noise was coming from the planes.
      Danielle Proctor
      • 11 Months Ago
      Ford.. Would you expect anything different.. At least they circle the problem for you ... Love that Ford "oval" LOL
      al4gg10
      • 11 Months Ago
      Explorer is one of THE Worst Vehicles for Quality / Reliability ! Even by FORDs POOR Standards this vehicle is a POS+++ ! Ford just wants the vehicles they build to work until the Test Drive is OVER ! Then The Fun Begins ! Too bad as the Initial Reviews on these newly designed Fords were all good. Its just when you start putting miles on them that the Quality / Reliability Problems show up ! Remember the fuel line recalls had Ford advising owners of the Escapes to Not Park That Vehicle In Your Garage ..... great Advice For ALL FORD Vehicles !!!
      Leann
      • 11 Months Ago
      With 7 recalls on the Ford Escape (which we test-drove), so happy we bought a Honda CR-V!
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