2011 Ford Explorer Recalled By NHTSA

The 2011 Ford Explorer is being recalled due to a rear seat malfunction. This is the first recall for the newly redesigned Explorer.

Although Ford’s new 2011 Explorer has been selling fairly well, with sales up 244 percent, the automaker’s fortunes just took a wrong turn, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just issued a recall on mom’s favorite SUV.

Today, the National Highway Traffic Administration recalled 1,658 Explorers due to the manual reclining second row seats. The recall notice was issued on its website and will cover vehicles made between July 15, 2010 and December 13, 2010. If the Explorer in the driveway was not made between those dates or does not feature a manual second row recline ability, that vehicle is safe.

The NHTSA stated that the components are out of dimensional specification and in the event of an accident the seat back may not provide enough strength to protect the second row occupants. Obviously, this issue could enhance the risk of injury if something does occur.

Ford will notify owners and dealers will repair the seats free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around Valentines Day, February 14, 2011. Owners of the new 2011 Ford Explorer may contact the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236.

Production of the Ford Explorer began in 1990 and revolutionized the auto industry. Where as most folks used sedans to drive around town, new age people started using the Explorer. Sadly, it wasn’t all good times and lollipops, as the SUV was subject to rollovers, which at times were fatal.

This 2011 Explorer will feature numerous new toys, such as intelligent access with push button start, remote engine start, power liftgate, dual headrest DVD entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, MyFord Touch, Ford SYNC by Microsoft, Sony audio system with HD radio and Apple iTunes tagging.

Engine choices will be a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6.

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