Ford has issued two separate recalls for its vehicles in the United States—one affecting the 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, and the other involving the 2014 to 2016 Explorer and Taurus as well as the 2014 Edge. In both recalls, problematic parts could fail and lead to a loss of power in the vehicle.
The first recall involves a total of 15,587 vehicles. According to Ford, there is a possibility for a link shaft bracket to fracture and ultimately lead to a loss of power while the vehicle is in motion. It could also cause failure in the parking function of the affected models, increasing the risk of vehicles rolling while in park mode.
The second recall affects a total of 10,905 vehicles and was prompted by a driveshaft that could fracture along a welding seam. A fracture on this part could cause unintentional vehicle movement or loss of power while driving.
Ford said it also discovered that the defective driveshaft could get detached from the driveline and hit the fuel tank, increasing the risk of a fire.
Among the recalled Explorers and Aviators from 2020, the automaker said it has so far identified 18 vehicles with a problematic shaft. But the Blue Oval clarified it is unaware of accidents or injuries that may be related to the defective parts.
Ford dealers have been instructed to replace the link shaft brackets on the vehicles affected by the recall. They will also inspect the drivetrain and replace it if deemed necessary.