Ford recalls 2011 Explorers for unsafe seat recliner mechanism

Article by Christian A., on February 8, 2011

Over 1,800 Ford 2011 Explorers are being voluntarily recalled because the second-row seats may not offer sufficient support during a crash. The recall affects second-row seats with manual recliner mechanisms that fail to comply with seating safety standards. The seats cited by the recall are the larger, or “60%,” portion of the second-row seats of the crossover.

A report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mentioned that in case of a crash, the seat back may not provide required strength, raising the risk of injury.

Ford revealed that the recall covers 1,658 Explorers produced at the Chicago Assembly Plant between July 15 and Dec. 13.

Ford is also recalling 239 units in Canada. Ford will inform the owners and instruct them to bring their vehicles to Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealers so that they can have the second-row seat with manual recliners replaced.

The seats will be repaired by the dealerships for free. Dealers have been informed that they were told to stop selling affected vehicles. The recall should start on Feb. 14.

In mid-December, Ford said that a noise was identified in the second-row seat in the new Explorer.

When an inspection was done on the seat, Ford found “unexpected observable movement of the center recliner seatback during manual forward loading.” As of Jan. 21, Ford was not aware of any incidents caused by the recliner mechanisms. [via autonews - sub. required]

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