Ford Recalls 3,000 Trucks, SUVs

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All-new Ford 2015 F-150 pickup trucks move down the final inspection line at the Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Michigan, November 11, 2014. (Reuters)

Ford (F) on Wednesday issued two recalls spanning 3,000 trucks and sport-utility vehicles in North America.

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The largest recall, covering approximately 2,195 vehicles in the U.S., affects certain 2017 Ford F-150 and Super Duty pickup trucks and 2017 Ford Explorer SUVs. Ford said the affected vehicles may have driver seat back frames that were improperly welded, so the seats may not adequately restrain occupants in a crash. The company isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

The recall includes a total of 2,418 vehicles in North America, including 175 in Canada and 39 in Mexico.

Ford provided the following list of vehicles included in the recall:

  • 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Dec. 11, 2016 to Dec. 16, 2016
  • 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Dec. 8, 2016 to Dec. 9, 2016
  • 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Dec. 9, 2016 to Dec. 10, 2016
  • 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Dec. 19, 2016 to Jan. 19, 2017
  • 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant, Dec. 23, 2016 to Jan. 19, 2017

The automaker is also calling back about 551 trucks, including 247 in the U.S., that were fitted with aftermarket chrome exterior door handle covers purchased from a Ford dealer. Ford said the aftermarket chrome cover may cause exterior door handles to unlatch during a side impact.

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The affected trucks are 2015-17 Ford F-150s and 2017 F-250s to F-550s. No accidents or injuries have been reported, according to Ford.

For both recalls, dealers will provide repairs free of charge, Ford said. Owners of Ford trucks with aftermarket chrome covers will receive refunds for the cost of the product and labor.

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