Ford recalls 2018-2020 trucks and SUVs for seat defect

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Thanks to the addition of a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited is the most powerful light-duty pickup in America

Ford recalled 2018-2020 pickups and SUVs over a seat restraint that may fail during a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with any of these conditions.

The recall affects certain 2018-20 Ford F-150, 2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty, 2018-19 Ford Explorer and 2019-20 Ford Expedition vehicles with a manual driver and/or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanism.

Affected vehicles may be missing the third pawl required for seatback strength. A seatback with an improperly assembled recliner mechanism may have reduced strength and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

This action affects 483,325 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 58,712 in Canada and 8,149 in Mexico.

Affected vehicles include:

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

Dealers will inspect the seat structure of affected vehicles. Most vehicles are expected to pass the inspection and not require repair. If a repair is required, the dealer will replace the seat structure. There will be no charge to the customer for these services.

The Ford reference number for this recall is 19C07.