I’m not a fan of the fix-or-repair-daily platitude, but Ford is asking for it on many occasions. This morning, for example, the Blue Oval announced three recalls that include a whopping 850,630 SUVs and trucks.
Take a moment and try to imagine what 850,630 vehicles will do to the Dearborn-based automaker’s financial report. Each and every single one needs a costly fix, and those expenses will eat into the company’s coffers.
Adding insult to injury, Ford is recalling 2020 to 2021 Lincoln Aviator vehicles that have been previously called back over nine problems since August 5th, 2019. Approximately 40,995 units feature a battery cable wire harness that may not be properly secured, allowing contact with the A/C system’s compressor pulley. Rubbing through the insulation ultimately results in a short circuit, and that electrical short circuit may morph into a vehicle fire.
F-350 Super Duty customers also need to bring their workhorses in for repairs, namely a weld issue that leads to rear driveline disconnection. 34,855 trucks produced between August 6th, 2020 and May 15th, 2021 are called back, and the fix consists of a new axle housing or a weld repair.
The biggest recall concerns the 2013 to 2017 model year Ford Explorer, which may experience a seized cross-axis ball joint. This condition may fracture the rear suspension’s toe links, translating to diminished steering control. A mind-boggling 774,696 units are potentially affected, of which 676,152 vehicles were sold in North America and 59,935 vehicles in China.
Affected Explorers were built in the U.S. and Russia between September 4th, 2012 and September 30th, 2017, and the Ford Motor Company is aware of six allegations of injury related to this condition in North America alone.
In the United States, the most vulnerable Explorers are those sold in high-corrosion states as defined by the NHTSA. Scheduled to start on August 23rd, the recall involves the replacement of the cross-axis ball joint and toe links.