Ford Motor Co. issued a large recall for more than 1.2 million Explorer SUVs that could be prone to a rear suspension toe link fracture.
The recall covers Explorers from the 2011 through 2017 model years.
Drivers who subject their Explorers to frequent jolts and bounces that create rear suspension articulation may experience a fractured rear suspension toe link. Such a fracture “significantly diminishes steering control,” increasing the risk of a crash, Ford said.
The automaker said one customer reported hitting a curb when the toe link broke. But it said it doesn’t know of any injuries from the problem.
Ford built the affected Explorers at its Chicago Assembly Plant from May 17, 2010, to Jan. 25, 2017.
Dealers will remove and replace left- and right-hand rear suspension toe links with a new forged toe link and align the rear suspension. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S17.