Ford is launching three separate recalls this week.
2015-2016 Ford Explorers, F-150s
The biggest one involves 7,000 2015-2016 Explorers and F-150s to fix a problem with the driver seatback.
Ford says due to a bad weld the seatbacks “may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.” Oddly enough, the SUVs and trucks have the same issue, even though they were built on different platforms at different plants.
Recalled vehicles include certain 2016 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Feb. 20, 2016 through Feb. 25, 2016, and Kansas City Assembly Plant, Feb. 17, 2016 through Feb. 24, 2016. 2016 Ford Explorers built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Feb. 17, 2016 through March 7, 2016 are also involved.
Dealers will inspect and replace, if needed, the driver seat backrest frame at no cost to the customer. Ford says it’s not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.
2015-2016 Ford Focus Electric
Another safety recall involves 2015-2016 Ford Focus Electric models due to crash risk. Ford says they need a new transmission differential assembly.
The problem is that right now, some of the shafts could wear out and fracture. If that happens, the vehicle would lose motive power without warning while driving and transmission park function without warning. Ford says it needs to equip the new transmission assembly with a friction-reducing coasting on the pinion shaft and gear boxes so the shaft doesn’t wear out and fracture.
Recalled vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Ford Focus Electric vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant, Aug. 20, 2015 through April 13, 2016, and Saarlouis Assembly Plant, Feb. 28, 2016 through March 30, 2016.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.
2016 Ford Transit Connect
Ford is also recalling about 600 2016 Ford Transit Connect models over an increased crash risk due to a brake problem.
The issue is with the brake hydraulic control unit pump. Ford says there may be reduced pump performance which would decrease stability control and related systems involving the brakes, traction and hill assist. This, too, could happen without warning.
Dealers will replace the brake hydraulic control unit at no cost to the customer.
Affected vehicles include certain 2016 Ford Transit Connect vehicles built at Valencia Assembly Plant, Feb. 22, 2016 through April 9, 2016. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.