DEARBORN, Mich. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles mainly in North America to fix transmission control software problems and a suspension issue that could result in drivers losing steering control.
The largest recall covers over 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 through 2017. Ford says a rear suspension toe link can break if the suspension moves a lot. That can limit steering control. One customer reported running into a curb when a link broke, but Ford says it’s not aware of any injuries.READ MORE: Texas Legislature Could Make COVID-19 Liability Lawsuits Harder To Win
Dealers will replace the left and right toe links, which keep weight on the tires.
The Explorer recall will cost Ford an estimated $180 million that will show up in the company’s second-quarter results, Ford said in a filing with U.S. securities regulators.READ MORE: 2 Suspects In Custody And Hospitalized Following Chase, Shootout In Johnson County
Ford also is recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups for a second time to stop transmissions from unintentionally downshifting into first gear.
The recall covers pickups with 5-liter and 6.2-liter gas engines. A previous software update didn’t work. Dealers will update it again.I-Team: 3 Ways To Avoid Becoming Victim Of Savvy, Sophisticated Scams
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