DETROIT — Ford has issued three safety recalls for separate issues on 800,000 trucks and SUVs.
The company is recalling 775,000 Explorer SUVs for a steering-related issue; 34,939 F-350 Super Duty pick-up trucks for a problem that could cause a “driveline disconnection”; and 40,995 Lincoln Aviator vehicles for potential fire risks caused by the battery cables, WILX reported.
Explorers made from 2013 to 2017 have a cross-axis ball joint that can seize and cause a break on the rear-suspension toe link, which can reduce the ability to control the steering and could lead to a crash. The issue has caused at least six injuries in North America, WILX reported.
Certain F-350 Super Duty trucks equipped with the 6.7-liter engine were recalled for “a rear axle housing spring seat interface weld issue,” the company said. Drivers could experience “driveline disconnection,” causing the truck to vibrate while driving.
“In the event of a disconnected driveshaft, customers may experience loss of motive power while driving or loss of transmission park function if the parking brake is not applied, increasing the risk of a crash,” the company said.
There are no known injuries because of the issue.
The battery cable wire harnesses on certain Lincoln Aviator SUVs with 3.0-liter engines are improperly secured and could lead to a vehicle fire, the company said. No one has been injured because of the problem.
“Over time, the A/C pulley may rub through the wire harness insulation and contact the unfused battery positive (B+) circuit, resulting in a short circuit and potential fire,” the company said.
Vehicles owners will be notified of the recalls in July and August.
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