Over 300,000 Ford Explorers Recalled Due to Hand Injury Reports

By Paula Liu

The Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 300,000 Ford Explorer vehicles on Sept. 13. The models in question have power seats fitted. The power seat frames have sharp edges that reportedly cause hand injuries, according to the Ford website.

“Ford Motor is issuing a safety recall for select 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles for an improperly coined seat-frame edge. Affected vehicles are equipped with power seat frames with sharp edges,” the recall statement read. “Customers could come in contact with the sharp edges when reaching between the power front seat and center console, presenting the risk of injury.”

The cars were being recalled in North America, according to Ford, after they received 31 reports of hand injuries resulting from the sharp car seats. This recall, Ford stated, affected 23,380 units of the vehicle in Canada, 311,907 units in the U.S. and 3,045 units in Mexico.

According to the website, Ford said that the vehicles recalled were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant between Feb. 13, 2016, and Oct. 25, 2017.

To resolve the issue, Ford will install tape on the sharp edge and advised people to refrain from interacting with their car until the tape is installed.

“Dealers will install flocked tape to the exposed edge and tab on the inboard side of the power seat frames. Customers are advised to use caution and avoid contact with the seat frame edge until the repair is completed,” the company statement read. “The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S29.”

According to the Ford Website, two different recalls were issued by Ford in August 2019. On Aug. 7, Ford issued a recall for select models of 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.

“Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety compliance recall for select 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles for a potentially missing manual park release cover,” the statement said. “Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require the manual park release cover be in place and only removable with a tool. If the cover is not installed, the manual park release lever may be inadvertently activated, which could result in unintended vehicle movement if the electronic park brake is not applied, increasing the risk of crash.”

And on Aug. 14, Ford issued a recall for certain 2015 Ford Fusion and 2015 Lincoln MKZ model vehicles.

“Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for select 2015 Ford Fusion and 2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles for an issue involving seat belt anchor pre-tensioners. In affected vehicles, increased temperatures generated during deployment of the driver or front-passenger seat belt anchor pre-tensioner could degrade the tensile strength of the cable below the level needed to restrain an occupant,” according to the statement. “Seat belt assemblies that do not adequately restrain the occupant in a crash can increase the risk of injury.”