A U.S. recall affects 126,033 Explorers from the 2011-13 model years. Ford said the vehicles might be equipped with a cross-axis ball joint replacement part that may seize up. The automaker said that could result in a fracture of the outboard section of the vehicle’s rear suspension toe link.
The recalled vehicles were originally sold or are currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The automaker notified dealers Thursday. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed between Nov. 1 and 5.
Ford said dealers will inspect the vehicles for the presence of a cross-axis ball joint. If one of any design is found, the dealer will inspect how tight it is and if needed will replace that part, the knuckle or toe link.
In a safety recall report filed with NHTSA, Ford said the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries connected to the recall.
The rear suspension components were supplied by Aludyne Inc. of Southfield, Mich., per Ford.
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