Ford issues safety recall for 528 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator vehicles

Posted at 9:01 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 09:01:05-04

(WXYZ) — Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for 528 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles.

Affected 2020 models are equipped with front seatbacks that may have fasteners with incorrect torque on the side airbag and/or seatback module attachments.

Ford says if the side airbag and seatback module are not fully secured, it could affect the trajectory of the side airbag deployment and may prevent or delay the airbag cushion from positioning correctly, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.

There have not been reports of any accident or injury related to this condition. The recall affects 491 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 34 in Canada and three in Mexico.

Dealers will remove the front seatback panels from one or both front seats and verify the proper torque on the fasteners. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S48.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2020 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant from Nov. 19, 2019, to June 4, 2020.
  • 2020 Lincoln Aviator vehicles built there from April 11, 2019, to June 8, 2020.