Ford Motor Co. is recalling 37,801 2018 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicles with second-row bench seats that may be missing reinforcement brackets in the seat track assembly.
If one or both J-channel reinforcement brackets were missing, the seat assembly might not be restrained during a crash, increasing the risk of injury to passengers, according to Ford.
Ford said it knows of no crashes or injuries involving the recalled vehicles because of possibly missing hardware.
Dealers will inspect the seats to determine if both J-channel brackets are installed. If missing one or both brackets, the center seat frame assembly will be replaced by dealers at no charge to customers.
Ford said that until the vehicle can be serviced, customers should move the seat back to its farthest position away from the front of the vehicle.
The affected vehicles include 2018 Ford Expeditions built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from March 14, 2017, to Aug. 18, 2018, and 2018 Lincoln Navigator vehicles built at the plant from March 31, 2017, to Aug. 18, 2018.
Approximately 34,946 of the vehicles are in the U.S. The remaining 1,900 are in Canada and 955 in Mexico.
The Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator were redesigned for the 2018 model year. Ford sold 44,144 Expeditions and 14,200 Lincoln Navigators in the U.S. through the first 10 months of 2018. Sales of the Navigator are running 26 percent ahead of the 10,523 units sold in 2017.
Ford invested $925 million in the Kentucky Truck Plant to prepare for the new models, including $25 million this year to increase Navigator production.