At the end of June, 2016, Ford Motor Company recalled two of their 2016 models for seat problems. The 2016 Ford Explorer and F-150 were subjects of the recall. The text of the recall states that the driver's seat in each of these vehicles may have been improperly welded at the factory during the time of assembly. As a result of this improper weld, the seat may fail during regular operation or during a crash and not restrain the driver properly. This can lead to serious injury or death to drivers of the affected vehicles. However, this is a pre-emptive recall, as no injuries have been reported due to this issue. If you are the owner of a 2016 Ford Explorer or F-150, there are a few things you should do to ensure your vehicle is properly serviced under this recall.
Determining If Your Vehicle Is Affected
If you are the owner of a 2016 F-150 or Explorer, you should look at your vehicle's documentation to determine if it is subject to this recall. All F-150 pickup trucks that were built at Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant from February 20 through February 25, 2016 are affected. Likewise, those F-150s built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant between February 17 and February 24, 2016 are subject to the recall. If you own a 2016 Ford Explorer that was built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant from February 17 through March 7, 2016, your vehicle is affected by this recall. If you are unsure what date your vehicle was built and at which factory, you can log in to Ford's owner website to find this information. The website will also tell you if any other recalls or warranty issues affect your vehicle.
Cost You Will Pay to Fix Your Vehicle
As these repairs are done under the recall, owners of the 2016 Ford F-150 and Explorer models in question will pay no fees to have their vehicles fixed. The recall covers all parts and labor to fix the driver's seat issues. Owners must simply take their vehicle to a repair shop that is licensed and authorized by Ford Motor Company to handle recall and warranty work on Ford vehicles. The repair shop will send the bill for all warranty and recall work to Ford Motor Company, and the vehicle owner will not be responsible for any of these charges.
See Your Ford Dealer
If your vehicle is affected by the recall, call your local Ford dealer for a service appointment. Your dealership will inspect and replace the backrest frame on your driver's seat. The recall will officially start on August 15, 2016, but you can make an appointment immediately. If you have further questions regarding this recall, you can contact the Service Department at your local Ford dealership for more information.