Ford is recalling some 33,000 vehicles because they need to fix the front seat recliners. The recall affects some versions of the 2010 Ford Fusion, Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac and 2010 Mercury Milan and Mountaineer with front seat manual recliners. The vehicles under recall were built from mid-December through early February.
The front seat recliners’ gears may have problems that would lead to the seat back and head restraint moving toward the rear in a crash, which will increase the risk of injuries. While no injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, NHTSA found that the seats don't meet federal standards for head restraints and must be replaced. Ford will replace the hardware free of charge. For more information, visit NHTSA's website.
Dealers will replace the manual seat recliners free of charge. Owners can call Ford at (866) 436-7332.