Ford Explorer Recalled for Suspension Problem

Lloyd Doyle
June 13, 2019

Dealers will remove and replace the toe links and align the rear suspension.

Ford says a rear suspension toe link fracture can significantly diminish steering control increasing the risk of a crash.

One customer reported hitting a curb when the toe link broke, according to Ford.

Ford is recalling more than 1.2 million Explorer SUVS that could be at risk of losing steering control, as well as 123,000 F-150 pickups that could suddenly downshift, causing them to crash. Ford Philippines has yet to announce whether the units sold here are part of the recall.

Ford is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles mainly in the U.S.to fix rear suspension and transmission control software problems. The Ford reference number for this particular recall is 19S17.

Vehicles recalled: 2011-17 Ford Explorer built at the Chicago assembly plant from May 17, 2010, to January 25, 2017.

Ford is also recalling select 2013 F-150s with 6-speed automatic transmissions.


Select 2010-2017 Ford Taurus, 2009-2017 Ford Flex, 2009-2015 Lincoln MKS, and 2010-2017 Lincoln MKT vehicles are all being recalled because some of those vehicles may experience an issue with the suspension toe link similar to the Ford Explorer recall.

The Explorer SUV recall applies to 2011 to 2017 model Explorer models.

Depending on vehicle speed, an abrupt transmission downshift to first gear without warning could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash, the Ford announcement said.

Vehicles that did not undergo the 19S07 reprogramming are not affected by the current recall and will receive updated software under the existing 19S07 program, Ford said. The concerns, in this case, are with a weld in the clutch that could fail and prevent them from moving.

The final recall includes Ford Econoline from 2009-2016 with a 5.4 liter engine.

Dealers will replace the coast clutch cylinder and the single-engaging coast one-way clutch with a dual-engaging one-way clutch.

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