Problems with defective rear suspension toe links are no longer new for Ford. In fact, the automaker has issued a massive recall involving 1.2 million Ford Explorer units from the 2011 to 2017 model years in June 2019.
Unfortunately for the Blue Oval, the problem doesn’t seem to be going away as it issued a secondary recall for 2013-17 Explorers believed to be equipped with malfunctioning rear suspension toe links. The latest recall involves 350,000 units of the family SUV in the United States and another 25,000 in Canada.
The issue is caused by possible corrosion in the toe links, which can eventually lead to fracture. When this happens, drivers could lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford in a press release said it is aware of 13 accidents and six injuries related to the rear suspension toe link problem.
Ford advised affected owners to bring their vehicles to a dealership, where technicians will conduct a “torque inspection of the cross-axis ball joint.” The rear suspension toe links will be replaced at no cost to owners if deemed necessary.
Aside from the Explorer recall in 2019, Ford also issued a recall for the 2013-18 Flex, Taurus SHO, Taurus police car, and Lincoln MKT models earlier this year. It was prompted by similar issues with the rear suspension toe link.