Ford recalls vehicles over suspension, transmission flaws – USA TODAY

Ford Motor said Wednesday that it would recall about 81,000 sport-utility vehicles to fix a suspension defect and another 201,900 pickup trucks, SUVs and cars to repair a transmission flaw.

The suspension defect, which affects certain 2014-15 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor SUVs, has been connected to at least one crash and injury. The vehicles’ rear suspension toe links were poorly welded and could fracture, resulting in loss of steering.

The transmission flaw involves a speed sensor that can cause the system to downshift into first gear at the wrong time. At least three crashes and no injuries have been linked to the defect, which affects 6R80 transmission models on certain versions of the 2011-12 Ford F-150, the 2012 Ford Expedition, Ford Mustangs built in Michigan from Aug. 19, 2011 through Feb. 21, 2012, and 2012 Lincoln Navigators built in Kentucky from Aug. 19, 2011, through Dec. 17, 2011.

Ford will compensate dealers to deliver free repairs to vehicle owners.

The company also issued three minor recalls Wednesday:

—2,600 units of the 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty to check whether tires incurred damage from a conveyor during manufacturing.

—199 units of the 2007 through 2012 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable vehicles to fix driver-side airbag modules.

—40 units of the 2016 Ford Fusion to replace driver-side seat mountain bracket welding.

Ford said it had not identified any crashes or injuries tied to those defects.

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