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Add another one to the list. The Ford Explorer, which hasn’t always had the best reputation for reliability has another recall. This time, roughly 2 million Ford Explorer models are at risk due to a detaching component that could fall in the road. 

Ford Explorer recall due to detaching trim pieces 

Over 1.9 million Ford Explorer SUVs from 2011 – 2019  are being recalled because some of the exterior trim near the windshield could detach and land on the road. The debris could increase the risk of injuries and accidents, especially for other drivers. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains that an A-pillar exterior trim piece may detach while driving, creating a road hazard. 

Part of the exterior A-pillar applique trim clip attachments may not be properly engaged due to improper assembly or repair. 

As a result, the trim piece that borders the right side of the windshield could be loose, may become detached, or could be missing.  

The 2019 Ford Explorer off-roading on the beach
2019 Ford Explorer | Ford

Ford is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue and expects 5% of owners to be affected. Ford began notifying owners at risk via mail on March 13. 

You can also enter your 17-digit vehicle identification number (V.I.N) on the NHTSA website to see if your Explorer is involved. 

You may notice that your A-pillar trim is impacted due to visual gaps around the windshield and excessive wind noise or rattling from the area. 

Ford advises owners to visit a local dealership for a free inspection and repairs if necessary. But Ford recommends calling ahead to see if the Explorer replacement parts are in stock. 

Customers will have access to mobile repair and pick-up-and-delivery at participating dealerships. I hope the replacement parts are on hand, stay tuned for updates!