Ford Recalling 1.9M Explorers

2011-2019 SUVs have trim piece that can fly off
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 24, 2024 11:32 AM CST
Ford Recalling 1.9M Explorers
Workers perform final inspections on vehicles as 2015 Ford Explorers, right, roll off the assembly line at Chicago's Ford assembly plant on Oct. 22, 2014.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Ford is recalling nearly 1.9 million Explorer SUVs in the US because a trim piece can fly off and create a hazard for other drivers. As the AP reports, the recall covers Explorers from the 2011 through 2019 model years. Documents posted Wednesday by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that clips holding the trim that covers the roof supports close to the windshield can come loose. If that happens, the trim piece can fly off and increase the risk of a crash. The recall comes after US regulators opened an investigation into the problem last January after receiving 164 consumer complaints. Canadian regulators also inquired about the problem.

Documents say that at first Ford decided against a recall, citing the low mass of the part. But the company decided to do the recall after US regulators determined the problem was a safety hazard. Ford said in a statement Wednesday that it expects only 5% of the recalled Explorers to be affected by the problem. It encourages owners to contact dealers for an inspection when parts are available. The company said in documents that it's aware of 568 consumer complaints and more than 14,000 warranty reports alleging that the parts were missing or detached. Ford said it's not aware of any crashes or injuries from the problem. Dealers will inspect the trim pieces to make sure the clips are engaged and add adhesive to hold them in place. Owners will be notified starting March 13.

(More Ford Motor Co. stories.)

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