Ford recalls 1.3 million Explorers, F-150s for safety issues

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Ford mid-June recalled roughly 1.2 million Explorer SUVs in the us and 28,000 in Canada over an issue with the rear suspension that may lead to diminished steering control and, in turn, an increased risk of a collision.

Select 2011-2017 Ford Explorers are being recalled over suspension concerns related to the rear toe link.

"A fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash", the company warns.

Separately Ford said it was recalling about 123,000 F-150 vehicles because of a transmission calibration issue.

In addition to the 1.2 million vehicles in the USA, about 28,000 vehicles in Canada were affected and one in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S17.

All of the vehicles that are part of the recall were built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant from May 17, 2010 - January 25, 2017.

While the Explorer recall was certainly the largest issued Wednesday by Ford, it wasn't the only one.

A safety recall on 12,000 vehicles - select 2010 to 2017 models of Ford Taurus, 2009 to 2017 models of Ford Flex, 2009 to 2015 models of Lincoln MKS and 2010 models of Lincoln MKT - also for a suspension defect.

The company added: 'Depending on vehicle speed, an abrupt transmission downshift to first gear without warning could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash'. Affected vehicles were built at Ohio Assembly Plant, May 11, 2009 to December 10, 2015.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.

The model: The second batch in question is 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmission, specifically those built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant, May 7, 2012, to October 27, 2013, and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, April 18, 2012, to November 18, 2013.

For more information on the recalls, check the Ford website.

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