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2021 Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator Recalled Over Side Air Bag Weld Studs

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2021 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models due to defective side air bag attachment weld studs.

The defect: in affected vehicles, the side air bag attachment weld studs could detach during the deployment of the side air bag, resulting in an improper deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 214, “Side Impact Protection.”

The hazards: in affected vehicles, the side airbag attachment stud may detach during a deployment preventing the side airbag from fully inflating or positioning correctly. If the side airbag does not fully inflate or position correctly, it may increase the risk of injury in a crash that initiates a side airbag deployment.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Components: side airbag attachment stud.

Affected vehicles: select 2021 Ford Explorer models produced at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant between October 9th, 2020 – June 7th, 2021, and 2021 Lincoln Aviator models produced at the Chicago Assembly Plant from February 25th, 2021 – March 12th, 2021.

Number of vehicles affected: 592 vehicles.

The fix: dealers will replace the defective side air bag assembly.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on September 7th, 2021. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21C19.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 21S31
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. crabbymilton

    A nice car to have if you like driving a service loaner all the time since it seems to spend so much time at the dealer. Why just circa 500 vehicles? This won’t be the last time they recall these. I wonder how cops feel about this car since it seems to be the most popular now.

  2. Bobby

    They have not fixed the problem. My wife just took hers up there. They did some sort of reset. Now anytime you start the car you have to put it in reverse. Also press the button to disengage the emergency brake. Don’t feel like she should have to deal with the situation considering we bought it brand new. They stated this was the fix until Replacement parts were available. Considering the little amount of vehicles affected I feel like they should purchase them back.


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