There are few companies that are more of a household name than Ford. If you don’t have a Ford at home, chances are you know someone who does or had one as a rental vehicle. As a result, a recall from the automaker can impact hundreds of thousands of people.
A late-August Ford recall affected nearly 500,000 vehicles. The company recalled various F-150, Super Duty F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks and Explorer and Expedition SUVs. These are among Ford’s best-selling vehicles and that makes it easy to see why the company is acting swiftly in recalling these models.
A seat that may not have your back
While there’s no risk for mechanical failure or anything like that, the recall is for good reason. Ford has learned of the possibility for missing bolts in the manual seatback recliners of these models. These bolts hold the seat in place and prevent it from reclining unexpectedly.
Ford says that a vehicle with the missing bolt may not properly restrain the occupant in the event of an accident. An impact could then cause the seat to raise or recline unexpectedly without the proper bolt, according to Car and Driver. This could decrease the effectiveness of other safety features like seatbelts and airbags and increase the chance for injury in a collision.
Ford is offering a solution
The good news is that no injuries or accidents related to the defect, but this isn’t a repair that you should delay. Ford is offering recall repairs free of charge, so it would be a good idea to make an appointment to take your vehicle in to your local dealer as soon as possible.