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Ford is recalling more than 225,000 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, and Lincoln MKT vehicles from the 2013 to 2018 model years over concerns that a rear suspension component could break while driving.
Ford says the affected vehicles most likely to experience this problem are those that travel frequently on rough roads. If this specific rear suspension component—called a rear toe link—breaks while driving, it could increase the risk of a crash, according to the automaker.
There have not been any reports of accidents or injuries related to this problem, Ford says.
This recall affects 2013-2018 model-year Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT SUVs built at the company's Oakville Assembly Plant (in Oakville, Ontario, Canada) from Sept. 12, 2011 to June 1, 2017, as well as 2013-2018 model-year Ford Taurus SHO sedans equipped with the Performance package and Taurus Police Interceptors built at the Chicago assembly plant from Aug. 25, 2011 to June 1, 2017.
Vehicles recalled: 211,207 vehicles in the U.S. and U.S. territories, plus 15,281 vehicles in Canada and 1,396 in Mexico.
The problem: A rear suspension toe link could crack from heavy use, especially with vehicles that are driven frequently on rough or bumpy roads.
The fix: Dealerships will remove the left and right rear suspension toe links and replace them with new forged toe links, at no charge to the owner.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call the Ford customer relationship center at 800-392-3673. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S04.
NHTSA campaign number: There is no NHTSA campaign number yet.
Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs to be addressed.
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