By on November 13, 2020

2017 Ford Explorer Sport

A selection of Ford and Lincoln vehicles have been included in a pair of upcoming recalls. The first is involves 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models suffering from a defective driveshaft. The weld seam is reportedly faulty on some vehicles and can split apart, resulting in a suddenly absent mechanical connection between the transfer case and rear axle. Drivers should be on guard for unintended vehicle creep or a sudden loss of power while moving. In truly bad instances, Ford warned that the driveshaft could come into heavy contact with the fuel tank — complicating things by introducing the always unpopular fire risk.

The second recall involves a link shaft bracket that may snap prematurely and impacts the 2014 Ford Edge as well as 2014-2016 Explorer and Taurus models. Drivers might notice a sudden loss of power while moving or the ability to safely place the vehicle in park. As this creates a roll-away risk, drivers should exercise caution and try to keep their vehicles parked on a level plane until it can be examined.

Some 15,954 vehicles are included in the recall, with another 12,298 being hamstrung by those crappy driveshafts. While recalls extend to Mexico and Canada, the vast majority were sold inside the United States. Ford told us that it’s unaware of any crashes or injuries related to either defect and wants customers to bring their automobiles into a certified dealer so technicians can make examinations and replace the parts if necessary — though the link shaft brackets sound like they’ll be swapped no matter what.

Those uncertain if their vehicle will be incorporated into either recall can go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or NHTSA’s new SaferCar app to check. Just be sure to have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) handy.

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18 Comments on “Ford Recalling 28,000 Vehicles Over Fire, Rolling Risk...”

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    Built Ford Proud!!

    Man, this 2020 Explorer and MKExplorer are quickly becoming some of the worst vehicles to come out of Detroit in a very long time. What’s troubling is that Ford just can’t seem to figure out how to make them correctly.

    What a joke.

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    SCE to AUX

    “Ford warned that the driveshaft could come into heavy contact with the fuel tank”

    At least with the three Pinto/Bobcats I owned, they placed a differential between the driveshaft and the fuel tank. And – eventually – a plastic blast shield.

    Seriously, all of this is due to hasty product development and insufficient quality measures. I guess mfrs have forgotten that fixing products in the field costs 10-100x as much as getting the design and manufacturing right beforehand. Seems they always have money to fix things later.

  • avatar

    I suppose “a link shaft bracket that may snap prematurely” is one which snaps before the warranty expires.

  • avatar

    On balance we have a pretty good system for recalls. These numbers are relatively small. Carry on.

  • avatar

    Ford Exploder?

  • avatar

    To be fair, Fords have been known to roll causing deaths for a while now. Remember Phil Leotardo in the final season of The Sopranos? That was an Expedition.

  • avatar

    I’m wondering if they’ll send a sticker cautioning you to ensure that the button is pressed, dial rolled into, or heaven forbid, THE GEAR SELECTOR, is fully into “Park” before exiting the vehicle?!

    Are we going to see videos of Exploders going in a circle in Reverse? Bonus points if a cop can break a window and jump in! Those Exploders are a heckuva lot higher than a Torino or LTD!

  • avatar

    What is it with Ford these days? They used to build some durable products. This Explorer has been a dumpster fire. The Transit vans were having a similar driveshaft issue back before 2017. You would have thought the Explorer would have a bullet proof driveshaft.

  • avatar
    Firestorm 500

    I have had only one recall for my 2015 Super Cab F-150 XLT FX4 for a door latch shield. Otherwise it has been trouble-free. Zero problems for my 2018 Escape Titanium 4WD.

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve had to make some repairs to a 2013 escape because of questionable quality from the factory. Researching online I found a whole host of defects to expect as the miles pile on. A famous Ford YouTube mechanic even said they are troublesome vehicle as he removed the dash on a newer escape to replace the blower motor on a low mileage ‘17 escape. Doors and dash had to be removed to replace a cheap part.

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve read that the new Escape has 5 current recalls. All companies have problems, at one time or another, but Ford seems like a fundamentally troubled company.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    I haven’t been interested in any Mercedes in perhaps 40 years. So let the cool, rich kids have their overpriced EVs – which, by the way, remain not ready for prime time despite recent advances. And, until they do, I and many others won’t be buying them. I think the automakers are in for a nasty surprise.

    Meanwhile, on a separate matter: “Traditional luxury is becoming passé now that Daimler knows splendor is incomparable with green movement.”

    Shouldn’t that be “splendor is incompatible with the green movement”? Guys, you have to edit your pieces. It’s one of a number of issues that keeps this site from being taken as seriously as the automotive heavyweights.

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