Car companies have a responsibility to provide a safe vehicle to customers. Time and time again however, we see that not happening.
A recent recall from one of the auto industry’s iconic brands serves as a good reminder that even seemingly small mistakes have the potential to cause serious problems.
Ford recalls more than 500,000 vehicles
Heading into the fall of 2019, Ford issued a significant recall. Encompassing six models of pickup trucks and SUVs, the recall affects 483,325 vehicles in the U.S. alone, plus another 67,000 in Canada and Mexico. The included models are:
- 2018-2020 Ford F-150
- 2019-2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty
- 2018-2019 Ford Explorer
- 2019-2020 Ford Expedition
- 2020 Ford Explorer
- 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles
The cause of the recall? Potentially faulty seats.
Some vehicles from the above-listed models might be missing a piece of equipment that helps support the front driver or passenger seat. Because of this omission, an affected seat may not properly hold the occupant during a crash – meaning that person is more likely to get injured, possibly seriously.
What to do
Ford says it hasn’t received any reports of crashes or injuries connected to this seat flaw. In addition, not every recalled vehicle will actually be missing this piece – some might have been manufactured correctly.
Still, Ford says anyone with one of the affected models should take it to a dealership for an inspection. If the piece is indeed missing, the dealer will replace the seat structure for no charge.