IHS Global Insight
May 26, 2017
Ford has announced two safety compliance recalls of certain 2015-17 model-year vehicles. According to the company statement, the first recall involves certain 2017 F-150, Explorer and Super Duty vehicles to address an inadequate weld between the driver’s seatback and the manually operated seatback recliner mechanism. “In the affected vehicles, a driver seat back frame that has been improperly welded may fail to comply with certain federal motor vehicle safety standards, and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.”
The issue affects 2,418 vehicles in North America: 2,195 are in the United States, nine in the federalized territories, 39 in Mexico, and 175 in Canada. The vehicles were built in the United States in certain weeks of December 2016 and January 2017 at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Kansas City Assembly Plant, Chicago Assembly Plant, Kentucky Truck Plant and Ohio Assembly Plant.
The second safety compliance recall affects certain 2015-17 model-year F-150 and 2017 F-250 to F-550 trucks equipped with aftermarket chrome exterior door handle covers; these parts were purchased as accessory components from a Ford dealer. Ford says that, in the affected vehicles, the component may not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards and may experience inertial loads that could cause it to unlatch during a side impact. This recall affects 551 kits sold through Ford dealerships, with 247 in the United States and 304 in Canada.
Significance: To address the first recall, dealers will inspect the driver’s seatback frame and replace it, if necessary. In addressing the door-handle issue, Ford dealers will contact the customers who purchased the licensed accessory covers, as well as publish an “awareness message” available to dealers’ service department personnel, to help capture vehicles to be corrected that might come in for a different service. Dealers will remove the covers and reimburse customers for the cost of the covers and labor. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with either issue.
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