Vehicles Affected: Approximately 177,000 model-year 2016 Ford Explorer SUVs manufactured at the Chicago Assembly Plant from Jan. 22 to April 19, 2016, and F-150 pickup trucks manufactured at the Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant from Jan. 22 to April 19, 2016. All vehicles are equipped with power front seats that may experience looseness of the front-seat adjuster assembly.
The Problem: The upper left-hand pivot bolt for the power front-seat adjuster may loosen or fall out. A front-seat cushion with a missing upper left-hand pivot bolt may experience increased movement and not properly restrain occupants in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or issues associated with the issue.
The Fix: Dealers will measure the torque of the power seat-track upper pivot link bolt. If the bolt passes the torque inspection, dealers will remove and clean the bolt, apply new threadlock and reinstall the bolt to the specified torque.
If the bolt fails the torque inspection, threadlock will be added and the bolt will be reinstalled as an interim repair for sold units until the final repair is available. The final repair will include replacement of the lift link with new bushings and fasteners. All repairs will be performed for free.
What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332 or go to www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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