Ford Motor Company is recalling approximately 774,696 model year 2013-2017 Explorers.
The vehicles may experience a seized cross-axis ball joint that may cause a fractured rear suspension toe link.
These vehicles may experience a clunk noise, unusual handling, or a misaligned rear wheel.
Fracture of a rear toe link significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Recalled vehicles in the U.S., are located in regions with a combination of cold winter weather with relative high humidity and substantial road salt use.
What to do
Dealers will inspect the cross-axis ball joint, replace the cross-axis ball joint/knuckle -- as necessary -- and replace the toe links with a revised design part.
Owner notifications will begin the week of August 23, 2021.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 21S32.