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Ford recalls 800,000 Explorers, F-350s, Lincoln Aviators over safety issues

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Kyle Barnett
One recall affects Explorers produced between 2013 and 2017 and Ford said the defect could result in a fracture of the rear toe link that could lead to an accident. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI
One recall affects Explorers produced between 2013 and 2017 and Ford said the defect could result in a fracture of the rear toe link that could lead to an accident. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

July 16 (UPI) -- Ford announced on Friday that it's issuing three safety recalls covering nearly 800,000 vehicles on roads worldwide, but mostly in North America.

One recall involves 775,000 Explorer sport-utility vehicles in "high-corrosion states" that may experience a seized cross-axis ball joint.

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The recall affects Explorers produced between 2013 and 2017 and Ford said the defect could result in a fracture of the rear toe link that could lead to an accident.

"Affected vehicles may experience a clunk noise, unusual handling, or a misaligned rear wheel. Fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash," Ford said in a statement.

The automaker said at least six injuries have been reported related to this issue.

Most of the SUVs, about 676,000, are in North America; 59,900 are in China, 13,200 in Europe and 25,000 others in other markets.

The second recall involves nearly 45,000 Ford F-350 Super Duty pickups for model years 2020 and 2021. The issue here is for a rear housing weld issue that may result in a disconnected drive shaft.

"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," Ford said.

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The third recall affects about 41,000 Lincoln Aviator SUVs produced in 2020 and 2021 with a possible defective battery cable harness.

Ford said the harness may not be connected properly and could result in a fire.

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