The US recall affects 126,033 2011-13 Model Explorers. Ford said the vehicles may be equipped with a replacement part for a cross-ball joint that may malfunction. The automaker said that could break the outside of the car’s rear suspension toe linkage.
The recalled vehicles were originally sold or are currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The automaker informed dealers on Thursday. Owner notice letters are expected to be mailed between November 1 and 5.
Ford said dealers will check vehicles for the presence of a ball-crossed joint. If any design is found, the dealer will check how tight it is and, if necessary, replace that part, joint link or toe.
in a Safety call report Ford said the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.
Rear suspension components were supplied by Aludyne Inc. in Southfield, Michigan, per Ford.