• Ford is recalling more than 676,152 Explorer SUVs in North America to fix a problem with the rear suspension.
  • The automaker said the problem is a seized cross-axis ball joint, which could cause a fractured rear suspension toe link and potential reduction of steering control.
  • Ford said there have been six claims of related injuries in North America, and most affected vehicles are located in Salt Belt states.

    Ford announced today that it will recall 676,152 Explorer SUVs from 2013 through 2017 model years over a ball joint problem. The problem affects vehicles mostly in high-corrosion states—those with cold winters and high road-salt usage. The problem could lead to a loss of steering control, and the automaker said there have been six injury claims in North America because of the issue.

    Ford explained that the problem is a seized cross-axis ball joint that could cause a fractured rear suspension toe link and said drivers could notice “a clunk noise, unusual handling, or a misaligned rear wheel” as well as reduction of steering control, which could lead to a crash.

    Ford will notify owners starting August 23. Dealers will inspect the cross-axis ball joint and replace it and the knuckle if needed, as well as replace the toe links with a different design. In the meantime, owners can check the NHTSA recall site or Ford to see if their vehicle is affected.

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