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Ford Recalls 2016 F150 Explorer for Problematic Driver’s Seats

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of select F150 pickups and Explorer SUVs from the 2016 model year over a concern that the driver’s seat may not be properly assembled – possibly leading a greater risk of injury in the event of an accident.

The 2016 Ford F150 and the 2016 Ford Explorer are built in three different plants around the United States, but both popular Ford vehicles are being recalled for the same issue. In these vehicles, there is a concern that the driver’s seat has not been assembled correctly and in the event of an accident, the seat might not provide proper restraint.

F150, Explorer Driver’s Seat Recall Details
This recall affects a total of 6,661 examples of the 2016 Ford F150 and the 2016 Ford Explorer, but the automaker hasn’t offered a breakdown between the two models, although we do know that 5,280 are in the United States, 1,199 are in Canada and 132 are in Mexico. The affected F150 pickups were built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant between February 20th and February 25th and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant between February 17th and February 24th. The affected Ford Explorers being recalled for this seat problem were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant between February 17th and March 7th.

In all of these vehicles, the seatback driver’s seat may not have been welded properly so if one of these affected Ford F150 or Ford Explorer models should get into an accident, the welds could fail and the seat could essentially change shape. As you can probably imagine, having the inside of the driver’s seat break during an accident can most certainly lead to an increased chance of injury.

Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries stemming from this F150 and Explorer.

Once the owners of these 6,661 F150 pickups and Explorers have been asked to bring their vehicle to the local dealership for inspection and – if needed - repairs. To fix the issue, the dealership will replace the driver’s side seat back with one which has been properly assembled. That swap shouldn’t take terribly long, but owners will want to check in with the dealership ahead of time to make sure that they have a matching seatback in stock before you come in to have the recall worked performed.

If you own one of these Ford F150 or Ford Explorer models, this is not the kind of recall that you should take lightly, so when you get the recall notice in the mail – contact the dealership for more information on getting it fixed.