The defect: in affected vehicles, the engine rails may have been improperly heat-treated.
The hazards: improperly heat-treated engine rails may reduce the vehicle’s structural protection in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, an engine rail may detach and contact the road while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Components: engine rails
Affected vehicles: select 2022 Ford Explorer models built at the Chicago Assembly plant between April 4th, 2022, and May 4th, 2022, as well as certain 2022 Lincoln Aviator models produced from April 4th, 2022, and May 3rd, 2022.
The fix: dealers will perform an engine rail strength test and replace the rails as necessary, free of charge. If the engine rails require replacement, owners will have the option for a vehicle replacement or buyback.
Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin August 1st, 2022. The Ford reference number for this recall is 22C13.
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- FoMoCo Recall Number: 22S27
- NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
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