Ford is recalling over 550,000 trucks in North America, including 58,712 in Canada, due to a seat defect. The seat backs of some models equipped with manually adjustable seats could fail to fully restrain occupants during a collision.
The recall campaign affects some 2018-to-2020 Ford F-150 trucks and some 2019-2020 Super Duty models. SUVs affected include some 2018-2019 Explorer and 2019-2020 Expedition models. Only models equipped with a manual mechanism for adjusting the seat back are included.
“Affected vehicles may be missing the third pawl required for seat back strength. A seat back with an improperly assembled recliner mechanism may have reduced strength and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.”
- Ford recall statement
As well, some 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models equipped with the manual mechanism for the rear seats are included.
Ford says in its recall announcement that it is not aware of any injuries resulting from the problem.
Dealerships will inspect the seat structures and replace them if necessary. Ford expects most of the vehicles will prove not to have defective seat backs. Vehicle owners will receive notifications starting October 7.