Ford Recalls Nearly 340,000 Explorer Models Due To Sharp Seat Frame Injury Risks

SUV fans who might be in the market for a new vehicle right now should take heed that Ford Motor Company is recalling  more than 338,000 Ford Explorers over concerns of sharp seat frame edges. Apparently, there have been 31 reports, so far, of hand injuries related to “improperly coined seat-frame edge” problems in specific 2017 Ford Explorer models.  The recall notice says the affected vehicles were manufactured between February 13, 2016 and October 25, 2017, at the Chicago Assembly Plant. 

Specifically, the recall appears to include 338,332 vehicles that were put together at the Chicago plant.  Of the affected vehicles, 311,907 have been sold in the United States (and its federal territories), 23,380 have been sold in Canada, and 3,045 have been sold in Mexico. 

According to recall notice 19S29, vehicle owners could be at risk for injury by coming into contact with the sharp edges of the seat when reaching between the power front seat and the center console.  Essentially, the automaker said customers should “use caution and avoid contact with the seat frame edge until the repair is completed.”  In addition, auto dealers have received instruction to “install flocked tape to the exposed edge and tab on the inboard side of the power seat frames” as a means to rectify this issue.

Obviously, the company recommends drivers not reach between the seat and console to reduce risk of injury; at least until the issue is resolved. 

A representative from Ford has commented on the recall effort, saying “All of our new Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators undergo additional inspections to ensure they are built with the top quality our customers expect, which is part of our quality process.”  At the same time, she also noted that the space at the Chicago assembly plant makes it hard to park several thousand SUVs, which then means they may not receive the additional quality checks necessary. 

As a matter of fact, several sources have mentioned that these SUVs might have several issues. Allegedly, these issues might include chassis and transmission issues (in Explorer models), air conditioner that only blow hot air (in both Explorer and Aviator models), and suspension problems (in Aviator models).