What kind of family car do you have? Ford is recalling 375,000 models of the Ford Explorer that were built and sold between 2013 and 2017 in North America. The car manufacturer is recalling the cars to fix a defect in the rear suspension of the vehicle in North America because “corrosion is common” in the region.
The corrosion of winter weather and salted roads has led to a “fracture of the outboard section of the rear suspension of the toe link.” The recall is actually not the first for Explorers made from 2013 to 2017. In the year that the last applicable model was manufactured, 1.2 million of them were recalled over toe links, and a year after that, 75,000 more were recalled for toe link issues again.
And it’s not just Ford Explorers that have had these issues in general, per Autoblog. The Ford Flex, Taurus, and MKT Models have had 230,000 models total recalled this year due to similar issues.
So, the vehicle and the auto-maker is clearly plagued with issues and recalls, and the vast majority of consumers affected will be Americans — 350,000 of the 375,000 recalled Explorers are in the United States while the other 25,000+ are in Canada, another place known for salted roads and winter weather, of course.
If you have a Ford Explorer of this model, reach out to Ford as soon as you can. It’s important to drive the safest vehicle possible — especially if you have a baby on board or it’s a family car — and rear toe links are issues that can be seriously dangerous if not dealt with.