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2016 Ford Explorer, F-150 Recalled Over Insuffient Welds On Manually-Reclining Driver’s Seat

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Ford Motor Company is recalling the 2016 Ford Explorer and F-150 over the manually-reclining driver’s seat, which doesn’t meet federal requirements.

The defect: the seat back frame may have insufficient welds which may not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 202, “Head Restraints” and 207, “Seating Systems.”

The hazards: the seat back may not adequately restrain the occupant during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Affected vehicles:

  • 2016 Ford Explorer equipped with a manual recline driver’s seat
  • 2016 Ford F-150 equipped with a manual recline driver’s seat

Number of affected vehicles: 5,280 units (Untied States figure).

The fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the seat back frame, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 15, 2016.

Owners should: Ford owners who wish to know if their vehicle is included in this Ford Explorer recall and Ford F-150 recall can visit http://owner.ford.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page. There, customers can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open safety, compliance or emissions recalls, as well as customer satisfaction programs.

Owners may also contact Ford customer service by using the following contact information.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 16C11
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
  • NHTSA Recall Number: 16V475000
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