Ford Issues Recalls for F-150 and Explorer, Transit Connect
Recalls Apply to Just 7,600 2016 Models
Ford is issuing two recalls concurrently, effecting about 7,600 2016 F-150, Explorer, and Transit Connect vehicles, for safety compliance.
The first recall applies to certain 2016 F-150s and Explorers and relates to the driver’s seatback, which may have been improperly welded during assembly. It’s possible the weld could fail in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The affected vehicles were built between mid-February and early March. Dealers will inspect the seat frames and replace the driver seat backrests if necessary.
An even smaller recall was also announced for the 2016 Transit Connect, affecting about 600 vanlets. Ford says certain vehicles may have reduced performance of the brake hydraulic control unit, which could lead to lower efficacy of electronic stability controls, roll stability controls, anti-lock brakes, and related systems. Dealers will replace the hydraulic control unit for all affected vehicles at no cost.
Ford says it is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or deaths associated with either recall. The affected F-150s were built at the company’s plants in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City, Missouri, while the Explorers were manufactured in Chicago, Illinois. Ford’s Valencia, Spain, plant built the Transit Connects. It’s safe to assume any assembly line and product protocols relating to the recalls have been remedied.