DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling 81,036 2014-'15 Ford Explorer SUVs and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles because of a suspension flaw, the automaker said on Wednesday.
"It is possible that the left and right rear suspension toe links could fracture due to poor weld quality," Ford said in a statement. "This condition could result in rear suspension noise, difficulty steering or loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash."
One accident and one injury are linked to the crash.
The affected Explorers were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from January 17, 2014 through May 31, 2014. The affected Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from January 21, 2014 through May 13, 2014.
Ford dealers will replace the left and right rear suspension toe links and align the rear suspension. The recall is expected to begin on May 9. Owners can contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should be in touch with their Ford dealers in early May to schedule a service appointment.