Ford Motor Co. is issuing a safety recall for a potential lack of a seat restraint in some of its trucks and SUVs. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with any of these conditions.
The recall impacts certain 2018 to 2020 F-150 pickups, 2019 to 2020 F-Series Super Duty trucks, 2018 to 2019 Explorer midsize SUVs, and 2019 to 2020 Expedition large SUVs with a manual driver and/or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanism, and certain 2020 Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles with rear outboard seats with manual seat-back recliner mechanisms.
Affected vehicles may be missing the third pawl required for seatback strength. A seatback with an improperly assembled recliner mechanism may have reduced strength and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
This action affects 483,325 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 58,712 in Canada, and 8,149 in Mexico.
Affected vehicles include:
- 2018-2020 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant from Sept. 14 to Aug. 7 and Kansas City Assembly Plant from Sept. 11 through Aug. 2
- 2019-2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly Plant from Sept. 9 through July 22 and Ohio Assembly Plant from Sept. 11 through July 17
- 2018-2019 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from Sept. 9 through March 3
- 2019-2020 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly Plant from Oct. 16 through July 24
- 2020 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from Nov. 21 through Aug. 21, and 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from April 12 through July 16
Dealers will inspect the seat structure of affected vehicles. Most vehicles are expected to pass the inspection and not require repair. If a repair is required, the dealer will replace the seat structure. There will be no charge to the customer for these services.
The Ford reference number for this recall is 19C07.