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Another day, another recall. Ford announced today that it is issuing not one, but two safety recalls in North America. The two recalls are impacting a slew of Ford models, both current models and of year’s past. While the first recall includes select 2014-2016 Ford Taurus, Explorer, and Edge models, the second safety recall includes the 2020 Ford Explorer and the Lincoln Aviator.

2020 Ford Explorer Limited in the wild
2020 Ford Explorer Limited | Ford

Ford recalls select 2014-2016 Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer, and 2014 Ford Edge models

Ford announced today that it has recalled select 2014-2016 Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer models built at its Chicago Assembly Plant between November 1, 2013, and December 23, 2015. The recall also includes 2014 Ford Edge vehicles built at its Oakville Assembly Plant between November 1 and December 23, 2014.

According to Ford, the link shaft bracket in these vehicles could fracture as a result of long-term use and certain vehicle vibrations. Ford warns that this issue could cause a loss of power while driving. It could also have an impact on the vehicle’s park function, which creates an obvious rollaway risk.

All in all, the recall affects approximately 15,587 vehicles in the U.S. and its federal territories, and 367 vehicles in Canada. Fortunately, Ford says that it hasn’t been notified of any accidents or injuries related to this particular issue. Vehicle owners will be able to have the link shaft bracket replaced by their area Ford dealership too.

It also recalled select 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models

Unfortunately for Ford, it was forced to issue not one, but two recalls today. The second recall includes 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant between August 24 and September 30, 2019. 

According to Ford’s announcement, impacted vehicles were manufactured including a driveshaft that could fracture along the weld seam. Ford says that these defective driveshafts could result in unintended vehicle movement or a loss of power while driving. Defective driveshafts could also deform and separate from the driveline and come into contact with the vehicle’s fuel tank, increasing the risk of a fuel leak or fire.

In all, this second recall impacts approximately 10,905 vehicles in the U.S. and its federal territories, 1,291 vehicles in Canada, and another 102 vehicles in Mexico. As for the fix? Ford says that dealers will inspect the driveshaft label and replace the driveshaft when needed.

What will the next steps for owners look like?

Fortunately for Ford owners, there’s already a remedy in the works. Those who own one of the recalled models can bring it to a Ford dealer where a technician will inspect the driveshaft and replace the component as necessary. The same goes for the link shaft bracket recall impacting select 2014-2016 Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer, and 2014 Ford Edge models. All work will be done free of charge too.

Does this recall mean you should avoid buying a Ford?

As inconvenient as they may be, recalls do happen from time to time. That’s no reason to steer clear from Ford’s lineup altogether, however. Instead, keep an eye out for recalls and, before finalizing your purchase, make sure that any recall-related work has already been carried out. And if you own a Ford model that’s included in this particular recall? We encourage you to have your vehicle fixed as soon as possible.


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