Ford is recalling more than 238,000 Explorers in the U.S. because of a risk of rear axle bolt failure that could cause a loss of traction or allow the SUVs to roll when stopped.
Some of the affected Explorers are model years from 2020 to 2022, after U.S. safety regulators opened an investigation into the problem after receiving two complaints that the fixes didn’t work in two previous recalls this year and 2022.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted Friday on its website that the rear axle’s horizontal mounting bolt could break and the driveshaft could become detached, increasing the risk of crashes.
Dealers will replace the bushing and rear axle bolt. They will also inspect the rear axle cover for damage near the bolt hole and replace the cover if damage is found. Owners will be notified by letter beginning November 6.
Ford said In documents It is aware of 396 reports of rear axle bolt failures, and less than 5% have caused a loss of power or allowed vehicles to roll when parked. The company says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries.
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