Ford Safety Recall On Some 2018-2020 Trucks And SUV Seats

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A Ford safety recall has been issued on certain 2018-2020 Ford F-series trucks, Explorer and Expedition SUVs, and certain 2020 Ford Explorer and Aviator SUVs. This marks the second Ford Safety recall to impact some 2020 Explorer and Aviator SUVs.

The defect: affected vehicles may be missing the third pawl required for seatback strength.

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The hazards: a seatback with an improperly assembled recliner mechanism may have reduced strength and may not restrain an occupant in the event of a crash. An inadequately restrained occupant increases the risk of injury in a crash.

Affected components: driver and/or passenger manual recline front seats.

Affected Vehicles:

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  • 2018-20 Ford F-150 vehicles built at:
    • Dearborn Assembly Plant from Sept. 14th, 2018, to Aug. 7th, 2019
    • Kansas City Assembly Plant from Sept. 11th, 2018, through Aug. 2nd, 2019
  • 2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles built at:
    • Kentucky Assembly Plant from Sept. 9th, 2018, through July 22nd, 2019
    • Ohio Assembly Plant from Sept. 11th, 2018, through July 17th, 2019
  • 2018-19 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from Sept. 9th, 2018, through March 3th, 2019
  • 2019-20 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Assembly Plant from Oct. 16th, 2018, through July 24th, 2019
  • 2020 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from Nov. 21th, 2018, through Aug. 21th, 2019, and
  • 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from April 12th, 2019, through July 16th, 2019.

Number of vehicles affected: 483,325 in the U.S. and federal territories, 58,712 in Canada, and 8,149 in Mexico.

The fix: dealers will inspect the seat structure of the vehicles covered in the Ford safety recall. While most are expected to pass inspection, the dealer will replace the seat structure if needed at no cost.


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  • Ford Recall Number: 19C07
  • Ford Customer Service: 1-800-392-3673
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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