Ford’s Recall Alert: Securing Trim Pieces in 1.9 Million Explorer SUVs for Safety

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Ford is recalling 1.9 million Explorer SUVs in the US as a crucial safety measure due to a potential hazard involving a detachable trim item that poses risks to other drivers.

The recall affects Explorer models from the 2011 through 2019 production years, according to documents released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday.

The issue revolves around clips securing the trim covering the roof supports near the windshield, which have been reported to come loose. If the trim detaches while the vehicle is in motion, it could pose a significant risk, increasing the likelihood of a crash.

The decision to recall the vehicles follows an investigation initiated by US regulators in January, prompted by 164 consumer complaints and inquiries from Canadian regulators.

Initially, Ford hesitated to issue a recall, citing the low mass of the problematic part. However, after careful consideration and with the input of US regulators determining the issue as a safety hazard, Ford opted for the massive recall.

Ford’s Estimate on Affected Explorers

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Ford is recalling 1.9 million Explorer SUVs in the US as a crucial safety measure due to a potential hazard involving a detachable trim item that poses risks to other drivers.

Ford estimates that only 5% of the recalled Explorers are likely to be affected by the problem. To address the issue, the automaker advises owners to contact dealers for inspection once the necessary parts are available.

According to documents, Ford is cognizant of 568 consumer complaints and over 14,000 warranty reports related to missing or detached trim pieces. 

Despite these reports, the company states that there have been no documented crashes or injuries attributed to the problem. To rectify the issue, dealers will conduct inspections of the trim pieces, ensuring that the clips are properly engaged. 

Moreover, a specialized adhesive will be carefully administered to firmly secure the trim in its designated position, effectively reducing the likelihood of any detachment and enhancing overall stability.

Owners of the affected Explorers will begin receiving notifications about the recall starting March 13. Ford encourages prompt action to address the safety concerns and prevent potential hazards on the road.

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