Ford has issued four safety recalls on this side of the Atlantic Ocean over different concerns that involve 665,154 vehicles.
The largest campaign affects the 2018-2020 F-150, 2019-2020 F-Series Super Duty, 2018-2020 Explorer, 2020 Expedition and 2020 Lincoln Aviator due to a improperly assembled seat recliner mechanism that may not restrain the occupants in the event of an accident.
Affected are 483,325 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 58,712 in Canada and 8,149 in Mexico. In this safety campaign, authorized technicians will inspect the seat structure and replace it at no charge to the customer, where required. Most cars are expected to pass the official inspection, though.
The second recall concerns the 2013-2016 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, 2015-2016 Edge and 2016 Lincoln MKX due to potential loss of power steering assist in high-corrosion environments associated with exposure to road salt. Should they lose power steering, drivers will still be able to control the car, although they have to put in more effort due to the loss of assistance.
The action includes 90,646 units in the United States and federalized territories and 8,134 in Canada, all of which will be inspected by dealers, who will replace the steering gear motor-attachment bolts and apply wax sealer if necessary. If the bolts are broken or missing, they will install a new steering gear free of charge.
Included in the third recall are 2,624 units of the 2019 Fiesta in the United States and federalized territories, out of which only 50 have been delivered to customers. The superminis may suffer from front brake caliper-seal contamination, resulting in reduced braking function and overheating pads. The issue will be solved by flushing the brake fluid and replacing the calipers and brake lines.
Finally, the fourth model is the 2012-2013 Fiesta sold in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec over the possible loss of low beams and DRLs while driving. This is blamed on the battery junction box relay or fuse corrosion. Technicians will clean the box, install new foam sealing to the cover and replace corroded fuses, terminals or relays, subsequent to inspection.