Half a Million Vehicles Recalled for Dangerous Seatback Malfunction

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In a shocking turn of news today, Ford has announced that they will be recalling nearly half a million vehicles for issues with their seat backs.

While that might sound tame on its surface, the missing pawl in the vehicles’ seatbacks could prove disastrous in an accident, resulting in inadequate restraint of occupants.

Ford Vehicle Recall

Affected Vehicles

Ford is recalling 483,325 vehicles in the US for issues with a missing pawl in the seat back. Affected vehicle models include, but aren’t limited to, F-150s and Super Duties, Expeditions, Explorers and Lincoln Aviators. All recalled vehicles were produced between the model years of 2018 and 2020.

If you own an affected vehicle, drive carefully and be aware that your seat back could be less than adequate in a crash.

A seatback pawl is a bar used to increase seat stability and sturdiness. The pawl in question should be a type of latch that would engage with the seatback gear in order to help direct movement when adjusting the back of the seat. Without it, a rear or front-on collision could result in the seat suddenly raising or lowering.

This is a huge problem if your seatbelt or airbags are to keep you safe: without proper restraint, you could be seriously injured in an otherwise survivable crash.

The Recall

Ford has stated that drivers can check online to see if their vehicle is affected. If it is, they need only bring it to a local Ford dealership and the seat will be repaired for free. According to Ford, the seatback pawl issue has not currently caused any serious injuries to their knowledge. The issue, while major, is something that could be easy to overlook.

This is the second recall for Ford in one month. Earlier in August, some 2020 Lincoln Aviators and 2020 Ford Explorers were recalled for a much more minor issue. Those vehicles were recalled over concerns relating to missing warning lights and missing plastic.

These issues are all troubling, however, as they indicate a general carelessness in the construction of these vehicles, which leads to diminished customer faith in the Ford brand.