A possible ball joint problem in the Ford Explorer has led to a massive recall.
Ford has announced the recall for 676,000 Explorer vehicles from 2013 thru 2017 model years. The automaker says the seized cross-axis ball joint issue is the reason for the recall.
A potential malfunction could result in loss of steering, Ford explains. SUVs with a high degree of body corrosion are at risk. Cold winters in the USA and the consequent use of large amounts of road salt are causing technical problems.
As for the Ford Explorers under the recall, the ball mechanism of the transverse axle may jam. This, in turn, is fraught with breakage of the rear suspension toe link. Ford says drivers may notice “a clunk noise, unusual handling, or a misaligned rear wheel”.
Loss or reduction of steering control can lead to an accident. The automaker has already reported that six personal injury lawsuits have been filed in North America due to the problem.
Ford will begin notifying the Explorer owners starting August 23. Dealers will check the cross-axis ball joint and repair if necessary.