Ford has issued a recall on several 2017 vehicles due to inadequate welds on the driver seatback frame. While no accidents or injuries have been reported, Ford says the faulty weld may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Recall #17C08 affects the following models and dates of manufacture:
- 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant, between December 11, 2016 and December 16, 2016
- 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant, between December 8, 2016 and December 9, 2016
- 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant, between December 9, 2016 and December 10, 2016
- 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant, between December 19, 2016 and January 19, 2017
- 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles built at Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant, between December 23, 2016 and January 19, 2017
Dealerships will inspect and replace the driver's seatback as necessary free of charge.
Ford has not yet released an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the call Ford Customer Service at 800-392-3673 and ask about recall number #17C08.
The second recall, number 17C09, involves about 550 F-150 and F-250 to F-550 trucks with faulty door handles. Ford says that in the affected vehicle an exterior door handle fitted with an aftermarket chrome cover that was purchased as an accessory component from a Ford dealer may not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards, and may experience inertial loads that could cause it to unlatch during a side impact, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.