The Problem: The rear suspension toe links may not have been welded properly, potentially causing them to fracture. That could result in the driver losing control of the vehicle, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
Injuries/Deaths: One accident and one injury were reported to have resulted from this issue.
The fix: Dealers are being instructed to replace the rear suspension toe links on the affected vehicles, starting this month.
If you own one: Expect to hear from the manufacturer to arrange service at your local dealership.
Report Receipt Date: APR 26, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V245000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 75,364
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured January 17, 2014 to May 31, 2014. The affected vehicles may have improperly welded rear suspension toe links that may fracture.
A fracture of the rear suspension toe link may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear suspension toe links, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S18.
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.