Ford is recalling nearly 1.9 million Explorer SUVs due to safety concerns

Ford has announced a recall of nearly 1.9 million Explorer SUVs due to a safety issue that could cause windshield trim panels to detach and fly into the path of other drivers.

The clips that hold the panels in place have reportedly come loose, so Ford will fix the problem that is believed to affect about 5% of recalled Explorers.

Recall includes 1,889,110 Ford Explorer SUVs from the 2011 to 2019 model years, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford said it was aware of 568 complaints about the problem, and more than 14,000 warranty reports claiming parts were missing or missing, Associated Press (AP) reported. The automaker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from this problem.

US regulators began an investigation into the matter 12 months ago, and in that time more than 160 complaints were registered. Ford initially decided not to issue a recall, the AP said, because it considered the components to be undersized. But US regulators said if the plane did fly, it could increase the chances of a crash, both for the Explorer and any vehicle traveling at speed behind it or nearby.

Affected Explorer owners will be notified of the recall starting March 13. Ford said affected owners should have their vehicles checked by their local dealer once the necessary parts are available. The dealer will make sure the clip is in place and use adhesive to secure it.

In the US, it’s easy to check if your vehicle is subject to a recall, either for this recall or another. Just enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in NHTSA website.

Owners can also call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

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