The company noted that if the side airbag and seatback module are not fully secured, it could affect the trajectory of the airbag's deployment and may prevent or delay the airbag cushion from positioning correctly, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.
The company added that it is "not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition."
The vehicles being recalled include 491 vehicles built in the U.S. and federal territories, 34 built in Canada, and three built in Mexico. The 2020 Explorer vehicles affected by the recall were built at Chicago assembly plants between Nov. 19, 2019, and June 4, 2020 while 2020 Lincoln Aviator models were built between April 11, 2019, and June 8, 2020.
Ford recommends taking the car to a local dealer immediately in order to remove the front seatback panels from one or both front seats and verify the proper torque on the fasteners.