Ford has been making great strides to ensure that the overall quality of its vehicles continues to improve, but every so often, some things will fall through the cracks. This time around, it’s select vehicles from the model year 2011, encompassing the Ford E-Series vans built from May 12, 2011, through May 26, 2011, along with a handful of Explorers from the 2011 and 2012 model years.
For the vans, some “improper manufacturing conditions” resulted in the possibility that some of the windshields may form bubbles after “an extended time in hot temperatures.” Ford says that because of this, “these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, ‘Glazing Materials,’” Autoblog reports.
These bubbles may then potentially affect the driver’s visibility, increasing the possibility of a crash. Ford dealers will inspect and replace the windshield if bubbles are present, free of charge. Ford will begin the recall on January 27. All told, about 4,532 models spanning the E-150, E-250, E-350, and E-450 names are affected.
As for the Explorer, some 395 vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years were found to have problems pertaining to their steering systems if they underwent service after September 1 of last year. Autoblog reports that a software glitch could potentially lock up the steering gear, thus preventing the driver from actually steering the vehicle and, naturally, greatly increase the probability of an accident.
Ford dealers are therefore being told by corporate to check their records to find the problematic vehicles and bring them in to address the troublesome steering gear.
For Ford, it’s not exactly the foot that the company wants to be starting on as it embarks on the most launch-heavy year of its history; some 16 new models will be introduced this year in North America alone.